Of the four parts of the National Uniform Medication Program, the multiple medication violation penalty system has been adopted by the lowest number of jurisdictions. But one official April 11 said he expects that to change.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program hopes to make progress this year on protocol that will keep horses placed on various lists from showing up and racing at other tracks while ineligible under current guidelines.
New York stewards reach out to media, public
As more jurisdictions continue to implement the multiple medication violation penalty system as part of the National Uniform Medication Program, officials March 31 said it's beginning to show it can be a useful tool.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium hopes to have a recommended testing threshold level by late April for a naturally occurring amino acid that has a calming effect on racehorses.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, on its 2015 list of points of emphasis, is encouraging the horse racing industry to develop regulations to deal with the issue of program trainers.
California steward Kim Sawyer said having the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) as the final race of the day this year created problems in publicizing the reason for the decision to take no action following the race.
Racing officials and regulators gathered April 1 acknowledged a need for transparency, consistency, and quick, cohesive action in response to high-profile incidents.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program board of directors has endorsed the Penalty Guidelines for Multiple Medication Violations passed by the RCI board in July.
The inaugural certificate program offered by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program is scheduled for Sept. 28-29 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.
The use and possible abuse of therapeutic medications will be dominating the discussions throughout the 78th annual Conference on Racing and Wagering Integrity underway in Oklahoma City April 25.
Cathy O'Meara has been appointed coordinator of racing officials for the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, it was announced Feb. 4 by ROAP chairman Stan Bowker.
- By Tom LaMarra
The sensitivity of equine drug testing is a big plus for the racing industry, but it also has created confusion. How are the public and media supposed to understand when some industry participants can't make sense of it?
A seminar focused on drug testing and the prosecution of a medication case will be the focus of the Racing Officials Accreditation Programfs second annual Officiating Horse Racing Conference at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Programfs Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program has developed an On Call Stewards Program so that a designated racing official will be available during telecasts of major racing events to explain the rules of racing if an unusual event occurs in a race
- By Tom LaMarra
Chances are many more officials in the horse racing industry support uniform regulations a lot more than they support uniform penalties -- at least beyond a literal interpretation.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recently prepared a list of 2009-10 goals, one of which is tackling use of corticosteroids in racehorses.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program is holding its first Conference on Officiating Horse Racing, during the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program's Symposium on Racing & Gaming.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, in coordination with the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, will host its first "Conference on Officiating Horse Racing" Dec. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.
At its annual meeting in Austin, Texas last month, the board of directors of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program approved a Code of Conduct for licensed accredited stewards and judges.
By Stan Bowker -- With 38 pari-mutuel horse racing states and 38 sets of rules, achieving uniformity in anything, especially disqualifications for interference, is a constant challenge.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program has developed an annual performance evaluation program for stewards and judges as well as a list of points of emphasis for judging races in 2007 that will be provided to state racing commissions by year's end.
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