Keyword: Ed Martin

  • ARCI president Ed Martin

    Changes Allow for Stiffer Drug Violation Sanctions

    An Association of Racing Commissioners International change to its model rules calls for stewards in Thoroughbred racing to have the ability to disqualify a horse and deny a purse for medication violations that rank lower on the risk of concern.

  • Robert O'Neil (left) and Scott Palmer discuss veterinary records

    Vet Records Benefit Regulators, Horsemen

    In a panel on veterinary records April 18 at the ARCI conference, several veterinarians who oversee such records programs said the benefits for safety, integrity, regulatory research, and horsemen far outweigh concerns of privacy.

  • Ed Martin

    ARCI Advances Multiple Violator Rule Changes

    The head of the ARCI believes recommended changes to the multiple medication violator provision of the National Uniform Medication Program will help states that have not adopted the provision put it in place.

  • ARCI Announces Poll Results on Medication

    The results of 28 focus groups and an in-depth survey reveal widespread support for the creation of a centralized rule making entity accountable to the existing racing commissions reorganized into a multi-jurisdictional entity (interstate compact).

  • RCI Adds Footnote on Levo-Methamphetamine

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International formally posted revisions to its regulatory standards today including a change that acknowledges two types of methamphetamine positives.

  • Ed Martin at the RCI conference

    Path Forward for Racing Debated at Meeting

    An April 7 town hall meeting organized by the Association of Racing Commissioners International revealed consensus on the need for a central governing structure for horse racing, but little agreement on how to achieve it.

  • ARCI Adds Three April Town Hall Meetings

    ARCI has scheduled three additional "Town Hall" meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies.

  • Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson

    RCI Looks at Added Out-of-Competition Testing

    Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson said as regulators look at new, enhanced recommendations on out-of-competition testing, they're going to find policies that will work for the industry.

  • Back-and-Forth Continues on Path to Reform

    The ARCI plans an industry congress for the end of this year to develop consensus on equine medication and testing given its belief Congress won't be anywhere close to acting on legislation introduced last year.

  • Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

    ARCI Chief: Talk With Regulators on Issues

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International the afternoon of Aug. 9 issued a strong response to comments made during The Jockey Club Round Table conference held earlier in the day in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Rick Dutrow

    Federal Court Dismisses Dutrow Appeal

    Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is running out of avenues to return to the sport any time soon as courts continue to uphold a 10-year suspension of his license levied in 2011 by a New York regulator.

  • Commentary: Saving, Not Destroying the House

    Arthur Hancock III responds to accusations that supporters of a federal role in curbing medication use in racehorses are hurting the sport. These actions are necessary to save racing, he says.

  • Commentary: Unintended Consequences

    Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, discusses concerns about increased federal involvement in regulating racing.

  • Horse Fails Drug Tests in Consecutive Starts

    F and F Stable's Best Play failed drug tests in back-to-back starts for trainer Luis Miranda in late 2014 and early 2015, a circumstance New York's state steward said he can't recall ever previously happening.

  • Broad Horse-Protection Plan Floated by RCI

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses.

  • Federal Bill Expected for Drug Regulation

    Racing industry officials said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures.

  • Ohio Begins Fact-Finding on Medication Policy

    As the Ohio State Racing Commission begins a comprehensive review of its medication rules and examines the National Uniform Medication Program, it has a hired a longtime veterinarian to consult on policies and procedures.

  • Anabolic Steroids Still Issue in U.S. Racing

    In 2014, U.S. horse racing appeared on pace to register its fewest positive drug tests for anabolic steroids since the industry moved to outlaw the drugs from racing in 2008-09. But recent events in Maryland changed that.

  • Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

    Same Mission, New Approach on Medication

    Though the Association of Racing Commissioners International remains a member of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, it intends to take the lead role in gathering the information needed to set medication policies.

  • RCI Has New Take on Out-of-Competition Tests

    The umbrella group for regulators in North America is examining a new approach to out-of-competition testing that would not only target blood doping and gene doping, but also identify horses at risk of catastrophic injury.

  • Major Medication Policy Roundtable Planned

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International and the Association of Official Racing Chemists will jointly hold a major racing industry roundtable and conference on equine welfare and medication policy April 21-23.

  • RMTC Plans Changes but No Merger with RCI

    The industry's Racing Medication and Testing Consortium plans to reorganize its own Scientific Advisory Committee but does not plan to merge with the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

  • Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

    RCI Considers New Model Rule on Safety Rails

    An Association of Racing Commissioners International's (RCI) committee said regulatory standards for racetrack rail systems should be updated to embrace new systems and technologies developed to protect jockeys and horses.

  • Rick Dutrow

    Federal Judge Dismisses Dutrow Lawsuit

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. against the New York State Gaming Commission, the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and two New York regulators.

  • Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International

    RCI Chief: Industry Must Get Its Act Together

    The president of horse racing's umbrella regulatory group said the tendency for self-flagellation and participants' refusal to take responsibility for their actions--or lack of action--is a major threat to the future.

  • Duncan Patterson

    RCI Chair Pushes States to Act on Reforms

    The outgoing chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International said it is "vitally important" racing jurisdictions adopt the National Uniform Medication Program as soon as possible.

  • VA Commission Adopts Model Drug Rules

    The Virginia Racing Commission Sept. 25 unanimously adopted the Association of Racing Commissioners International model medication rules, which set uniform thresholds for a list of 24 controlled therapeutic medications.

  • Use of Calming Agent in Racehorses Examined

    The horse racing industry is taking a closer look at a relaxant that produces optimum results when administered within a few hours of a race. The prevalence of GABA, a supplement, is open to speculation.