Posted: May 11, 2018
The Association of Racing Commissioners International Board of Directors has released the latest version of its complete Model Rules of Racing, which now include protocol for when riders sustain concussions and best practices when lightning is in the area during racing.
The model rules provide the template for racing regulatory entities and the framework under which the sport has made significant gains toward uniform regulations among jurisdictions. The ARCI board approved the updated document at its annual meeting in April.
“The model rules are a living document that we amend as needed to provide our regulatory members the most up-to-date blueprint for best practices in all areas of conducting pari-mutuel racing,” ARCI President Ed Martin said. “Concussions are at the forefront of all sports, and these additions to the model rules make sure racing participants get proper evaluation when the possibility of a concussion occurs and do not return to racing prematurely. At the heart of all these changes is the well-being and safety of our human and equine athletes.”