From HISA Media Team:

The HISA Newsletter

January 17, 2023

Dear Thoroughbred racing participants,

I hope the new year is off to a great start for each of you. As we look to the year ahead, I am optimistic about what I believe will be a momentous year for our sport. 2023 will be the first full year in which HISA’s Racetrack Safety Program is in effect, and we hope to soon see the implementation of HISA’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program in the coming months. Establishing the uniform industry standards introduced by these programs has been a decades-long effort and having both programs in full effect will significantly improve the safety, integrity and fairness of our sport, to the benefit of participants, horseplayers and fans alike.

One of our primary focuses this year is to continue building trust in HISA and working collaboratively with all of our constituents, including those who have expressed their opposition in the past. I fully recognize that change can be difficult, and I want to thank each and every member of the racing community who has worked with us, submitted feedback and followed the rules as we continue writing this new chapter in racing’s long history. HISA continues to seek feedback and input on our rules both formally and informally, including via our Horsemen’s Advisory Group. We expect HISA’s ADMC Rules will soon be re-posted to the Federal Register for public comment and we are currently in the process of reviewing and soliciting feedback on our Racetrack Safety rules as well. Please read below for details on how you can provide input.

We are also looking for passionate and talented individuals to join the HISA team! We have several positions open for which we are actively seeking applicants. Please see below for more information regarding the application process.

While outstanding legal challenges to HISA in the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts are still ongoing, we expect positive outcomes in those cases thanks to the recent action taken by Congress to clarify the FTC’s oversight role. As we move past these hurdles, I urge all racing participants, including our skeptics, to join us in coming together to make our sport the best that it can be.

Yours in racing,
Lisa

ADMC Program Aims for Mid-March Implementation

HISA has resubmitted its ADMC Program Rules to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for approval and anticipates that the FTC will post the Rules to the Federal Register in the coming weeks, at which time there will be an additional public comment period. Following that comment period, the FTC will have 60 days to approve or deny them. Based on this timeline, HISA is optimistic that the ADMC Program will go into effect in mid-March 2023. HISA will continue to keep racing participants and other stakeholders up to date on the official timeline for the program’s implementation and Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU) will continue to work to educate racing participants about the new rules.

Racetrack Safety Rules Undergoing Revisions

HISA is working with the Horsemen’s Advisory Group and other key stakeholders to make revisions to the current Racetrack Safety rules. HISA greatly values input from across the racing industry as we continue to improve our programs, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please send an email to [email protected] to share your thoughts.

Appointments to HISA Standing Committees

Last month, the HISA Board of Directors appointed three new members to the ADMC Standing Committee and one new member to the Racetrack Safety Standing Committee, replacing members whose terms expired. HISA welcomes Dr. Lynn Hovda, Barry Irwin and Dr. Stephen Schumacher to the ADMC Committee as well as Patrick Reilly to the Racetrack Safety Committee. HISA will benefit immensely from these new members’ diversity of backgrounds and decades of industry experience. HISA was also pleased to announce last week the appointment of sports industry veteran Bill Squadron to HISA’s Nominating Committee. HISA is grateful to our outgoing Board members – Jeff Novitzky, Dr. Mary Scollay and Dr. Scott Stanley who resigned from the ADMC Committee; Dr. Peter Hester, who left the Racetrack Safety Standing Committee to join HISA’s staff as National Medical Director; and Leonard Coleman, who vacated his seat on HISA’s Nominating Committee to serve on HISA’s Board of Directors – for their service to the Thoroughbred racing industry.

End of Meet Reports

HISA issued an important operational bulletin last month reminding racetracks that, per HISA Safety Rule 2121, End of Meet reports are due to HISA 60 days after the end of a race meet, unless the Racetrack Safety Committee requires earlier submission. The End of Meet report collects key data, including the number of equine, human, and catastrophic injuries, as well as the number of void claims, pre-race scratches and RSWC meetings. The template for this report is available on the HISA published resources site.

RSAA Deadline News 

The January 31 deadline for racetracks under HISA’s jurisdiction to complete the Racetrack Safety Accreditation Audit (RSAA) is fast-approaching. A video explaining the RSAA process in detail is available on HISA’s website. Should you have any questions regarding the RSAA, please contact John Gallinger at [email protected]  or Greg Stiles at [email protected].

Join The HISA Team

HISA is currently hiring for several important open positions – Racetrack Accreditation Manager, Rider Safety & Welfare Manager and Assistant General Counsel.

The new Racetrack Accreditation Manager will work with and support racetrack owners and managers as well as horsemen to ensure compliance, recruit and train inspection team members, and recommend updates and revisions to HISA regulations and handbooks. The individual will report to HISA’s Director of Racetrack Safety and Racetrack Safety Committee. Interested candidates can read more about the position on our website.

The Rider Safety & Welfare Manager will work with and provide support to riders to ensure regulation compliance, as well as work with other members of HISA’s Racetrack Safety Team to develop programs that support riders, including continuing education and access to medical providers. The individual will report to HISA’s Director of Racetrack Safety. Interested candidates can read more about the position on our website.

The Horsemen & Jockey Support Specialist will support users who encounter issues involving the online HISA portal and educate registrants on how to use the system to remain in compliance with HISA regulations. The individual will report to HISA’s CTO. Interested candidates can read more about the position on our website.

The Assistant General Counsel will provide legal support across a wide range of areas, including contracts and human resources, and will lead the preparation of investigative reports and prosecution of enforcement actions. The individual will be responsible for drafting HISA rulings and orders, settlement agreements, regulatory guidance, and other official documents. The Assistant General Counsel will report jointly to HISA’s CEO and External General Counsel. Interested candidates can read more about the position on our website.

Launch of New HISA Website 

In the near future, we will be launching a new, redesigned HISA website. The site will house all of the same information the existing HISA site does, in addition to more detailed guidance and tailored resources for specific stakeholder groups, including jockeys, owners, trainers, veterinarians, racetrack personnel, state racing commissions, and farriers. This is an important step for HISA as we further strengthen our online presence and make compliance with HISA easier for racing participants across the country.

HIWU Update

From the desk of Ben Mosier, Executive Director, Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit:

In anticipation of the implementation of HISA’s AMDC Program in mid-March, the HIWU team is focused on continued outreach to the Thoroughbred industry to help ensure a smooth transition to the Program. In a memo sent to industry participantslast week, I highlighted our commitment to meeting with stakeholders and sharing educational resources. In the near-term, you can expect to see HIWU representatives next month at the Organization of Racing Investigators Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

We will also soon be launching the latest iteration of hiwu.org, which will serve as a comprehensive guide to HIWU and the ADMC Program and house a growing library of resources. Once the Program goes into effect, the site will be further updated to include information on the status of Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication cases, as well as a tip line page to submit anonymous information and complaints to our investigations team. This growing department includes individuals with decades of experience in law enforcement and investigations, and an announcement can be expected in the coming weeks to introduce you to this impressive group.

HIWU is also still accepting applications for our Internal Adjudication Panel (IAP), which will be adjudicating Controlled Medication Rule Violations cases. Those who are interested in applying for the IAP should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to [email protected].

As we kick off 2023, HIWU is continually appreciative of the industry’s support for a national, uniform, anti-doping program for Thoroughbred racing.

Thank you all again for all you do to ensure that we’re moving forward together as an industry. 

Lisa Lazarus
CEO
HISA

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