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.