Industry groups move to standardize medication rules in horse racing

Changes may be coming to the way medications are used and treated in the horse racing industry.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Model Rules Committee recently adopted more simple and uniform rules regarding medicine usage and punishment for those who violate the rules, reports.

The new rules list 25 medications allowed to be used therapeutically, each with a withdrawal time and acceptable limit to prevent the drug from affecting the horse during a race.

Although racing is regulated separately in each individual state, RCI is made up of regulators nationwide. It can’t force members to adopt its rules, but it encourages adoption to maintain uniformity. With the newly adopted rules, groups that had input, such as The Jockey Club, plan to push for their adoption nationwide, according to

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