The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the proposed Enforcement and Methodology Assessment Rules in addition to the distribution of the 2022 cost assessments to state racing commissions, according to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) Friday. The effective date for the start of the Racetrack Safety Program is July 1.
“These developments bring us closer to fulfilling our mandate to protect the wellbeing of both horse and rider through uniform rules and accreditation standards,” said HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus. “The Racetrack Safety Program will expand veterinary oversight, impose surface maintenance and testing requirements, enhance jockey safety and implement voided claim rules, among other important measures that will go into effect on July 1.”
The Enforcement Rule (8000 Series) describes a range of violations and civil sanctions, establishes procedures for disciplinary and racetrack accreditation hearings, and grants the Authority investigatory powers.
The annual assessments were determined by the FTC approved Methodology Assessment Rule (8500 Series), outlining a process that aims to ensure fairness and equity across Thoroughbred racing jurisdictions.
The cost calculations represent each state's proportionate share of HISA's 2022 budget as required under the Act. Under the rule, HISA calculated 50% of each state racing commission's cost according to the total number of starts in covered races and the remaining half based on starts weighted for purses in covered races.