Riding Crop in Flat Racing

UPDATE: October 30, 2020 – The Model Rules Committee did not agree to the rule and guidelines proposed in the October 20, 2020 memo resulting from the August 6, 2020 regulatory work session on this issue. So no recommendation to the RCI Board from the committee will be forwarded.

The RCI Chair reserves the right to raise this issue at the upcoming meeting of the RCI Board of Directors, scheduled for December 4, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. Participation at that meeting is reserved for RCI regulatory members only.

UPDATE July 21, 2020 – The Jockey’s Guild, the Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Safety Alliance, and a representative of the ARCI/ROAP Stewards Committee will participate in a webinar for regulators on this issue on July 28, 2020. Following that forum/debate the regulators will provide direction to RCI staff as to how to proceed on this matter.

Additionally, the Jockey’s Guild has filed an update memo on this matter with the ARCI. It has been posted below.

Update: July 2, 2020 – The Model Rules Committee met and tabled consideration of modifications to the existing rule pending further review and consideration of a proposal received during the meeting from the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. A copy of that correspondence and proposal is available below. It is anticipated that the Model Rules Committee will again meet on this topic before the end of July, 2020.

Update June 23, 2020 – The Mid-Atlantic Regulatory/Industry Group has modified its proposed Model policy to limit use of the crop in flat races to six (6) times, instead of it’s previously proposed (7) seven. It also reduces the number of times a jockey may use the crop before allowing the horse to respond from three (3) to two (2).

Various proposals have been received by the ARCI on this issue. The ARCI Rider Driver Safety Committee met via conference call several times to consider options to update this Model Rule. A group of Mid-Atlantic RCI Members and industry representatives also worked on a parallel path.

The RCI believes this is an important issue and considerable and substantive work has been done by the Mid-Atlantic group and the Rider/Driver Safety Committee.

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