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:
Interested in working at HISA? Qualified applicants may email their resume and a cover letter to Liz Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stewards at the racetrack are the first-level administrative hearing body when there is a suspected rule violation – whether that rule is a state racing commission rule or a HISA safety rule. Stewards are typically employed by a commission or a racetrack, and they are hired for their racing experience and professional judgment.
When certain HISA safety rule infractions are suspected (such as misuse of the riding crop), the stewards working at the racetrack hear and rule on the case. That hearing follows the same procedures already in place at the track for stewards’ hearings, and everyone has the ability to appeal any ruling that results. Appeals are heard by a subset of the HISA Board of Directors. Certain other suspected HISA safety rule infractions are considered by a subset of the HISA Safety Committee, which may choose to hear the matter itself or refer the matter to another adjudicatory panel. Any rulings that result may be appealed to the HISA Board.
Additionally, if you would have any questions regarding stewarding under HISA please email Marc Guilfoil, Director of Stewarding, at Marc.Guilfoil@hisaus.org.