ARCI Conference Arcadia April 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to Friday, April 5, 2019
16 hours

The 2019 annual ARCI conference will be held April 2-5 in Arcadia, California, USA. All racing regulatory policymakers and staff are strongly encouraged to attend and participate. This is the only conference of its kind that will be held this year and is specifically designed to provide training, information, and meaningful debate concerning issues that will come before each and every racing regulatory entity. Major racing industry organizations participate in this meeting and contribute to the overall dialogue. 

For more information and/or to register/buy tickets, please visit the ARCI website at:


The agenda is below. The conference is a mix of continuing education/training as well as collective policy development for a sport reliant on a multi-jurisdictional audience participating in simulcast wagering. The National (Licensing) Racing Compact, the newly formed Medication Compact, and the Association of Official Racing Chemists meet concurrently at this event and the work they each do is important to the entire sport.

Tues - APRIL 2, 2019


11am - 5pm


2:00pm - 4:00pm

National Racing Compact Board Meeting

3:00pm- 4:00pm

Greyhound Committee Meeting & Forum

4:00pm - 5:30pm

National Medication Compact Meeting



Wed - APRIL 3, 2019


7:30am - Noon

CE FIELD TRIP: Tour of Truesdail Testing Lab (Limited availability, Regulatory Preference - Preregistration required.*)

8:30am - 10:00am

Quarter Horse Committee and Roundtable

Moderator: Charles Moore, Committee Chair and Executive

Director, Wyoming Racing Commission

  • Implementation of Model Rules and Penalties for Clenbuterol and Albuterol violations;
  • Emerging Integrity Issues;
  • AQHA Racing Report and Concerns.


9:00am - Noon

RCI Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting (Closed - Committee Members only).

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Opening Luncheon & Annual Meeting Call to Order


  • Welcome to California
  • Madeline Auerbach - Vice-Chairman, California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) (invited)
  • Chairman’s Remarks
  • J. Michael Hopkins, ARCI Chair & Executive Director Maryland Racing Commission
  • Briefing: “Horse Racing Today and Tomorrow: The California Prospective”.
  • Greg Avioli, CEO, Thoroughbred Owners of


  • Dr. Edward C. Allred, DVM, President/CEO Los Alamitos Race Course (invited)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Will Sports Betting Change Horse Racing?

Moderator: Justin Stempeck, Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

  • Opportunities/Challenges for Racing Companies • Tim Ritvo, COO, The Stronach Group (invited)
  • Embracing New Ideas
  • Michelle Fischer, Darting Star, LLC.
  • Evolution of Anti-Doping Policy in Sport
  • Edward Martin, President, ARCI


3:00pm - 5:30pm

Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee:

Committee Chair: Duncan Patterson, Chair, Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.

  • Clenbuterol: Use and Misuse
  • Dr. Rick Arthur, DVM, Equine Medical Director, California Horse Racing Board
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) oil
  • Dr. Lynn Hovda, DVM, Equine Medical Director, Minnesota Racing Commission; Chair, ARCI

Regulatory Veterinarian Committee

  • Project to Restructure Penalty Guidelines
  • Dan Hartman, Executive Director, Colorado Racing

Commission, Past ARCI Chair;

  • Proposal from USTA Harness Racing Medication Collaborative to modify policy for standardbred contests
  • Joe Faraldo, Chair, USTA Harness Racing Medication Collaborative;
  • Russell Williams, President, United States Trotting Association; •           Public comments and discussion.
  • Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Report
  • Dr. Dionne Benson, Executive Director, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

5:30pm -7:30pm




Thurs - APRIL 4, 2019


7:30am - 9:00am

CE Field Trip/Briefing: (Pre-Registration Required*)

  • Backstretch Tour of Santa Anita
  • Who’s Who of Compliance and Enforcement

(This session is best suited for new regulatory personnel and will explain the role of the various racing officials who safeguard the horses as well as the integrity of the event.)


8:30AM -  9:30AM

Standardbred Racing Committee and Regulatory


Moderator: TBD.  

  • Multi-jurisdictional and track rule consistency
  • John Campbell, Executive Director, The Hambletonian Society;
  • United States Trotting Association Update • Mike Tanner, Executive Vice-President, USTA
  • Harness Racing Medication Collaborative Briefing
  • Joe Faraldo, Chair, HRMC (invited)

9:30AM - 10:00AM

Computer Chips and Racing.

  • Horse ID
  • J. Curtis Linnell, Executive Vice President, Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau
  • Possibilities Beyond Horse ID
  • Jamilee Shaffer, Director of Equine Services, Curadite
  • Data Protection & Ownership
  • Edward Martin, ARCI President

10:15AM - 11:00am

Jockey Safety and Concussions

Moderator: TBD

  • Dr. Kelly D. Ryan, MedStar Health
  • Terence J. Meyocks, National Manager, Jockeys Guild.

11:00AM - 11:30AM

Racing Licensing Developments

Moderator: Charles Gardiner, Executive Director. Louisiana Racing Commission

  • National Racing (Licensing) Compact Update
  • Patrick Thompson, Executive Director, National Racing Compact
  • Online Licensing Project • Alan Foreman, Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association
  • ARCI Licensing System Report
  • Edward Martin, ARCI President

11:30am - Noon

Equine Welfare Presentation - NY Case Study

•     Dr. Scott Palmer, DVM - Equine Medical Director, New York Gaming Commission.


Noon - 1:45pm


Guest Speaker: Bo Derek, former Member California

Horse Racing Board (invited)

Presentation of Awards:  William May Award, Len Foote Award, President’s Awards.

2:00 - 5:00pm

Association of Official Racing Chemists (Americas Section - AORC).  (Restricted to AORC Members)

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Model Rules Committee Meeting

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Annual Meeting Continuation:

  • Consideration of Committee Recommendations •           Election of Board of Directors for 2019-20.
  • Remarks of New Chair - Dr. Corinne Sweeney, DVM.

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Networking Reception



Fri - APRIL 5, 2019


6:00am - 8:30am

Optional - Visit to Santa Anita Backstretch

(Attendees must make pre-arrangements at the registration desk for security access purposes.)

8:30am - 9:15am

Regional Updates:

  • Canadian Regulatory and Industry Briefing
  • Brent Stone, Director of Racing, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario;
  • Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Acting Director, Canadian PariMutuel Agency
  • Caribbean Regulatory and Industry Briefing
  • Jay Watson, Chairman, Virgin Islands Racing Commission (invited)
  • Dr. David Kangaloo, Chair, Trinidad-Tobago Racing Commission (invited)
  • Mr. Jose A. Maymo, Administrator, Puerto Rico Racing Commission (invited)

9:15am - 10:15am

Getting it Right in the Stand

Moderator: Mike Hopkins, Executive Director, Maryland

Racing Commission

  • Is there a way to safeguard against Errors? • Eric Hamelback, Executive Director, National HBPA • Film Review: Can YOU get it right?
  • Dan Fick, Chair, Racing Officials Accreditation Program
  • Cathy O’Meara, Coordinator, ROAP

10:30am - 12:30pm

RCI Organizational Board of Directors Meeting -

(Regulators only - all regulatory members and staff are welcome. 

Others by invitation.)

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Observe Live Racing at Santa Anita.

* Attendees who have registered for the conference will be given the opportunity to register for the Wednesday morning trip to Truesdail Laboratory as well as the Thursday morning Continuing Education Program and backstretch briefing at Santa Anita. Regulatory personnel will be given preference for the tour of the testing facility at Truesdail.

Class Type: 
Continuing Education

Supported by: 


              Breeders' Cup

Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association   National HBPA  National Steeplechase Association     TOBA      Oak Tree Racing  

   Keeneland  Lone Star Park   Remington Park Chruchill Downs, Inc

Maryland Jockey Club   TRA   Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau