The Organization of Racing Investigators discussed multiple integrity-related issues during its annual training conference March 11-14 in Indiana.
The keynote speaker was former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the independent monitor for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance. Thompson discussed trends in pari-mutuel handle, smaller foal crops, the alliance, and equine medication reform legislation again being floated by two members of Congress, the ORI said in a March 30 release.
The ORI assists the alliance with the accreditation of racetracks.
Forty-seven racing investigators, security officers, and racing officials attended the conference to discuss a fixed race in Canada, out-of-competition testing, tattoo cases, habitual rule violators, trends in medication, prescription drug identifications, and trends and investigations regarding the bronchodilator clenbuterol.
Presenters included Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International; Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission; John Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission; and Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Minnesota Racing Commission chairman Jesse Overton talked about the importance of investigators and security in helping to ensure the integrity of horse racing.