UPDATE: At the December, 2019 meeting The Model Rules Committee tabled action on this proposal. The RCI Board opted to consider this matter and voted to approve the concept in principle, but remand the matter to the Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee to consider ways to simplify the concept of increased penalties for the most egregious violations of doping and equine endangerment. The committee was also instructed to work with the Regulatory Attorney’s Committee to come forward with a proposed definition of equine endangerment. It is anticipated that this matter will next be considered at the April, 2020 meeting.
Prior Information: The Drug Testing Standards and Practices (DTSP) Committee has released for consideration Proposed Revised Penalty Guidelines for violations of the anti-doping or medication rules in horse racing.
The proposed modifications represent the first major rewrite of the penalty guidelines in more than a decade and would dramatically increase sanctions on those violations that can be considered “doping” or “equine endangerment”.
The proposal would create two categories of violations, “Doping or Equine Endangerment” and “Treatment Misapplication & Mismanagement”.
Penalties for “Doping or Equine Endangerment” violations would be effectively doubled from the existing Class A penalties, with a first violation requiring a two to five-year suspension of the trainer and a minimum $50,000 fine which could be increased to $100,000 with aggravating circumstances. A second violation in any jurisdiction would trigger a license revocation.
The proposal would also impose a $25,000 fine on an owner if there is a second lifetime offense in the owner’s stable in any jurisdiction. A third offense would suspend the owner for a minimum of thirty days to as much as a year and impose a minimum fine of $50,000 which could be increased to $100,000.
Because of the seriousness of “Doping or Equine Endangerment” violations a summary suspension would be immediately required, regardless of whether there is an appeal or not.
As the ARCI Model Rules require disclosure to a commission or the maintenance of required treatment records for certain substances, a new recommended penalty for failure to do so would require a minimum $500 fine for a first-time offense. A second offense would bring a $2,500 fine, a third offense a $5,000 fine plus referral to the commission for possible license review.
The draft penalty matrix for “Doping and Equine Endangerment” can be downloaded below.
The draft modified Classification schedule along with suggested penalty categories can also be downloaded below. (Please note the tabs at the bottom of the page on the Classification schedule which organizes substances by Class.)