More than 70,000 Thoroughbred racing participants and administrators across the country have now registered with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), in compliance with HISA’s Registration Rule which went into effect on July 1, 2022. To date, 30,061 covered persons and 41,953 covered horses have been registered.
The anticipated implementation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s (HISA) Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program by the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU) on March 27 will strengthen equine welfare and enhance confidence in the fairness of the sport. Here are the top 10 ways HISA’s ADMC Program will change racing for the better:
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HISA’s Racetrack Safety Program aims to provide protections and dedicated resources to enhance the safety of jockeys and exercise riders. From defined medical protocols to uniformity and clarity on rules, to equipment specifications, the Racetrack Safety Program ensures jockeys’ and exercise riders’ safety is paramount.
Health and Fitness to Ride Assessments
HISA requires all jockeys to undergo and report the dates of their annual physical examinations and baseline concussion tests on the portal to ensure that every rider is healthy and fit to race and/or train. Establishing a baseline for concussion testing enables medical professionals to compare your test results after a fall or head trauma to your original test results before the accident took place.
Equipment and Safety Requirements
Minimum standards for safety equipment, such as helmets and safety vests, are in place to minimize injury in the event of an accident.
Attaching a health information card that outlines your medical history to the inside of your vest enables first responders to make informed decisions in the event of an accident.
Importantly, HISA’s national racetrack accreditation standards require all racetracks to provide a minimum standard of $1 million per incident of accident medical expense coverage for jockeys. HISA accreditation standards also require racetracks to have ALS ambulances onsite during racing and training.
Crop Use Restrictions and Specifications
HISA’s uniform riding crop rule and crop specifications ensure one consistent crop use policy no matter where or when you are riding. Having the same rules, as well as consistent disciplinary actions for violating those rules, makes it easier to abide by the rules and takes the guessing and subjectivity out of potential penalties administered for rule violations.