RCI talks tough with proposed one strike and you’re out rule

Horses jump from the starting gate. Image by Steve Fitzpatrick.

Remember just a day or so ago I made sport with RCI (Racing Commissioners International) President Ed Martin for his statements comparing the drugging of Olympic athletes to the drugging of racehorses? What a difference a day (or two) makes. If sincere, the policies outlined in the press release below would be a start to… Continue reading RCI talks tough with proposed one strike and you’re out rule

RCI tightens model rule on shock wave therapy treatment of racehorses

Electrocorporeal shock wave therapy treatment being administered to a horse. Image from ESWT.net.

One of the primary topics of discussion at the meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Rules Committee in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 24th, was extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). ESWT treatment provides not only relief for strained muscles and tendons but also promotes healing and has an analgesic, or pain-killing, effect.… Continue reading RCI tightens model rule on shock wave therapy treatment of racehorses

Racing Commissioners meet to discuss medications and rules regulating veterinarians

Backside Portland Meadows

The Ray Paulick Report features an article on the annual conference hosted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) taking place in Oklahoma City. The topics dominating the meeting are medications administered to racehorses and the rules regulating veterinarians. This quote caught my eye: “Our current enforcement is focused on ensuring that no horse… Continue reading Racing Commissioners meet to discuss medications and rules regulating veterinarians