The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program will formally launch the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Racing Investigator Certificate Program online Oct. 5 and 6. Registration is now open at https://louisville.edu/business/payments/equine. There is an $80 fee to defray university costs associated with offering the program.
“The job of a racing investigator is a specialty involving knowledge not only of police procedures concerning interrogation and evidence gathering, but also of horseracing, the backstretch, and the horses themselves,” said RCI Chair Tom Sageof Nebraska, a former longtime law enforcement officer and racing investigator and past-Chair of the Organization of Racing Investigators.
The curricula for the program will focus on basic horsemanship skills, safety procedures in the barn or paddock areas, racing terminology, overview of officials and their duties, creating the condition book and drawing for the race as well as what is involved in preparing a horse for a racing career. Equine care and medications, vet records, investigatory tools and techniques, interactions with other enforcement entities, evidence gathering, and ways cheaters attempt to avoid detection will also be addressed.