Riding Crop in Flat Racing

UPDATE: August 24, 2020 – Following the July 28, 2020 roundtable discussion on this issue, an working session of regulators met on August 6, 2020 to provide guidance to RCI staff to develop a draft rule to be presented to the Model Rules Committee. The draft represents the direction given following the webinar and the work session. This is what the Model Rules Committee will consider and industry input will be welcome at the meeting which will take place in September.

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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