Joint Response to Draft Anti-Doping and Medication Control Protocol and Related Proposed Regulations

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Thoroughbred Owners of California and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on July 1 sent a joint response to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority regarding the first draft of rules that will govern the Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2023.
 
The organizations noted the letter is only the first response, and that they expect to offer further comment on the rules as the approval process under the Federal Trade Commission progresses. The HISA law mandates public comment periods for all proposed rules. A THA committee was active in making suggestions for changes or improvements to the rules that govern the HISA Racetrack Safety Program, which took effect July 1.
 
The letter seeks clarification of rules in a number of areas; offers suggestions for improvement and simplification of the language; requests a published list of controlled medications and guidance for use of the substances; and calls for inclusion of the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rules on penalties and the Multiple Medication Violation system in the actual program rules.
 
The organizations also note the short time frame for submission of comments and request a “more deliberate approach” given the magnitude of the regulatory framework for medication, drug testing and laboratory standards.
 

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