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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Regulators to Permit Pentafecta Pool Carryovers in Certain Instances

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has modified its Model Wagering Rules to permit the carryover of Pentafecta pools to other tracks operated by a licensed racing association for which they are the pool host. The ARCI also clarified provisions pertaining to such wagering and articulated that refunds should be issued when betting interests drop below five.

The changes were made at the request of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency and the racetracks of Canada and effectively modify sections ARCI-004-105 and ARCI-004-024 of the ARCI Model Rules. Adoption of wagering rules by the ARCI has the immediate effect of regulation in Canada. Some U.S. jurisdictions have also opted to adopt ARCI Model Rules and standards by reference.

The association has also voted to make minor, non-substantive changes to its model rules pertaining to prohibitions affecting the “stacking” of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), specifically placing an upper limit to the threshold range constituting a Class 3 NSAID Stacking Violation as noted in ARCI-011-020 and ARCI-025-020.

The group also reaffirmed its earlier actions recommending Penalty Class C sanctions for medication violations involving Firocoxib by making appropriate adjustments to ARCI’s Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances.

The ARCI is the only umbrella organization of the officially sanctioned governing rulemaking bodies for professional horse and greyhound racing in North America and parts of the Caribbean. The ARCI sets standards for racing regulation, medication policy, drug testing laboratories, totalizator systems, racetrack operation and security, and off-track wagering entities.

ARCI members are the only independent entitles recognized to license, enforce, and adjudicate matters pertaining to racing.