Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm |
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New Pennsylvania regulations instituted by the state Horse Racing Commission are proving effective in strengthening the integrity of the state’s equine racing industry, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reported.
“When we set out to reform the state’s racing industry, two of our goals were to secure the long-term funding of our oversight work, but also to enable the state Horse Racing Commission to better protect the integrity of the sport,” said Redding, who serves as chairman of the state’s Horse Racing Commission. “This year, the commission has taken a number of significant steps to meet that second objective, approving a trifecta of regulations that will better protect horses and the legitimacy of racing outcomes. The three new measures have outlined significant consequences for trainers, veterinarians and owners from Pennsylvania and other states who violate our regulations.”
The first regulation, approved at the commission’s January 2017 meeting, is designed to enhance penalties for repeat offenders by assessing points for violations of Class 1 through Class 5 medication guidelines established by the Association of Racing Commission International (ARCI). The new Multiple Medication Violation regulation assigns penalty points when a horse tests positive for foreign substances. Those assessed penalty points are tracked by racing stewards and judges for two or more years in the official ARCI database.
The second new provision, which established an out-of-competition testing program, launched in May 2017 and allows commission employees to collect biological samples from horses in training for gene, blood-doping, and anabolic steroids. All of the out-of-competition testing samples are analyzed by the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology Research Laboratory…