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FTC Approves HISA’s Registration Rule

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June 29, 2022 - The Federal Trade Commission today formally approved the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s (HISA) Registration Rule, which requires that all Covered Persons and Covered Horses (Thoroughbreds) register with HISA. To date, more than 40,000 Covered Persons and Thoroughbred Covered Horses are registered.

HISA’s Racetrack Safety Program takes effect July 1, 2022, and the Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program will take effect January 1, 2023.

About the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Established when the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act was signed into federal law in 2020, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) is responsible for drafting and
enforcing uniform safety and integrity rules in thoroughbred racing in the U.S. Overseen by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), HISA was created to implement, for the first time, a
national, uniform set of rules applicable to every thoroughbred racing participant and racetrack facility. HISA is comprised of two programs: the Racetrack Safety Program, which goes into effect July 1, 2022, and the Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program, which will go into effect in January 2023.

The Racetrack Safety Program includes operational safety rules and national racetrack accreditation standards that seek to enhance equine welfare and minimize equine and jockey injury. The Program will expand veterinary oversight, impose surface maintenance and testing requirements, enhance jockey safety, regulate riding crop use, and implement voided claim rules, among other important measures.

The ADMC Program will create a centralized testing and results management process and apply uniform penalties for integrity violations efficiently and consistently across the United States. These rules and enforcement mechanisms will be administered by a new independent agency, the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU), established by Drug Free Sport International (DFS). HIWU will oversee testing, educate stakeholders on the new system, accredit laboratories, investigate potential integrity violations and prosecute rule breaches.

The original press release can be found here : https://static1.squarespace.com/static/604f6ab712afe14e11227976/t/62bccc035b874f3215f30748/1656540163882/FTC+Approves+HISA%27s+Registration+Rule+6.29.22.pdf

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