Foreman: Racehorse Drug Model Rule a ‘Living Document’

The regulations are a “living document” that likely will be adjusted based on industry needs, one group says.

A horsemen’s group official heavily involved in development of the proposed model rule for multiple violation penalties said July 15 the regulations are a "living document" that probably will be adjusted based on industry needs.

Alan Foreman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA), was asked about the status of the model rule in the wake of action by the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) to recommended changes to the model rule. The National HBPA suggests slightly lower points for non-Class A violations for non-controlled substances; consideration of environmental contamination for Class A positives; and concurrent suspensions.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International will meet July 30-31 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to consider the model rule. Foreman, who spearheaded a drug uniformity effort in the Mid-Atlantic region, said the goal is to have the model rule in place for 2014.

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors, of which Foreman is a member, will consider the model rule on multiple violation penalties—MVPs—for endorsement the week of July

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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