HISA To Host Town Hall Covering Racetrack Safety Rule Updates July 8

Dirt racing | Sarah Andrew

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) will host the next virtual webinar in its Town Hall series July 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss the updated Racetrack Safety Rules recently approved by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which will take effect that day, the organization said in a release late Thursday.

The one-hour, live webinar will include an overview of some of the major rule changes, along with a Q&A session, and will be open to racing participants and the general public. HISA will also be hosting veterinary and trainer specific webinars June 27 and July 1, respectively. A webinar tailored to stewards was already presented June 17.

“We look forward to having an insightful session on the updates to the Racetrack Safety Rules,” said HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus. “Protecting the health and wellbeing of every horse and jockey is paramount to our mission at HISA, and these updates continue our collective journey towards a safer sport. We thank the many stakeholders whose constructive feedback helped us develop these rule modifications and greatly appreciate the industry's continued support and collaboration.”

In addition to Lazarus, speakers include:

  • Jennifer Durenberger, HISA Director of Equine Safety & Welfare
  • Marc A. Guilfoil, HISA Director of Stewarding & State Racing Commission Relations
  • Ann McGovern, HISA Director of Racetrack Safety

As previously announced, the changes include:

  • Updated void claim rule
  • A second waiver claiming option
  • Changes to certain intra-articular injection standdown times
  • Updates to prohibited practices
  • Updates to qualifications for placement on and removal from the vets' list
  • Enhanced safety protocols required at race meets

The recently approved updates to the Racetrack Safety Rules are available in full here. Click here to register. For those unable to attend the live session, a recording of the town hall will be available on www.hisaus.org shortly after the event's conclusion.

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