imagesBy Tom LaMarraThe Blood-Horse

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors July 14 signed off on recommended changes to a proposed model rule on medication penalties but acknowledged acceptance of its suggestions could prove difficult.

The model rule on multiple violation penalties–MVPs–has support from other major horsemen’s groups such as the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Thoroughbred Owners of California. It will be considered by the Association of Racing Commissioners International when it meets July 30-31 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the votes are already counted when we get to Saratoga,” said Dave Basler, executive director of the Ohio HBPA and chairman of the National HBPA Model Rules Committee.

The National HBPA board, upon recommendation from its medication committee, approved suggested changes in the model rule in regard to points for medication violations and the addition of language that would compensate for environmental contamination that may lead to equine drug positives. The most controversial recommendation calls for suspensions to be served concurrently.

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