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Monday, June 13, 2016

ARCI “Town Hall” Set for Friday at Belmont

Lexington, KY -  The ARCI will be holding it’s eleventh “Town Hall” meeting this Friday, June 17th, at Belmont Park at 10:30am in the Belmont Room on the second floor of the facility.

Those interested in participating should pre-register using this LINK - .   There is no cost.

Following the meeting at Belmont, one will be held for standardbred racing participants at the Meadowlands on Saturday, June 18th at 1:00pm in The Gallery on the second floor.     (Registration link for the Meadowlands meeting: )

The Meadowlands meeting will be coming on the heels of the first standardbred only Town Hall meeting being held Tuesday at Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Delaware.

Last week a meeting was held at Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colorado.  A cross section of owners, trainers, breeders, track management, veterinarians and regulators participated.   Concern was expressed about the image of horse racing and the need to differentiate between overages of therapeutic medications and actual instances of doping.

Common to all meetings is a discussion about current options being discussed and put forward by various groups to strengthen the policing of the sport.   Assessing the need for and various proposed options for a centralized rule making entity or process is a major discussion point.

ARCI “Town Hall/Focus Group” meetings have already been held at: Santa Anita, Gulfstream, the Organization of Racing Investigators spring meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Group’s March regional meeting, Keeneland, Lone Star Park, Remington Park, Ocala, and Arapahoe Park.

Input received at the meetings and through an online survey will be presented to major racing industry leaders as part of an attempt by the ARCI to unify the racing industry in a common path to ensure a strong and effective integrity effort for racing.