Foreman: Racehorse Drug Model Rule a ‘Living Document’
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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