rmtc(Press Release) – The Virginia Racing Commission yesterday unanimously adopted the RCI Model Medication Rules, which set uniform thresholds for a determined list of controlled therapeutic medications. The effective date of implementation will be January 1, 2014.

“I commend Chairman Stuart Siegel and fellow commissions as well as Executive Director Bernard Hettel for advancing these reforms in a timely manner. Racing commissions across the country are moving to implement the new Model Medication Rules and many hope to have them in place by January 1, 2014. This is yet another positive step for an industry that has been wrestling with these issues for years,” said Ed Martin, President of Racing Commissioners International.

Virginia is one of several Eastern States that have adopted the reformed RCI Model Medication Rules as “The Mid-Atlantic Initiative” and had committed earlier this year to moving the reforms forward.

Virginia also incorporated by reference the new RCI Penalty Guidelines that provide for a “point system” to track medication violations in order to assist commissions in determining whether an additional enhancement is appropriate for licensees with multiple violations of the medication rules.

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  1. bureaucrats.

  2. This is a good start. Now, they need to work on eliminating medications entirely. What goes on is not fair to the horse. Doping in any form takes the best from the horse and gives it to the owner, trainer and jockey. Will it ever end? Unlikely, as human beings manage to treat these poor animals like dirt. God bless the horse.

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