Gorajec: RCI Medication Penalty Structure Needs Overhaul

POSTED ON  |  11-07-2019

Joe Gorajec
In his latest blog post at horseracingreform.com, Joe Gorajec takes on the penalty structure from the Association Racing Commissioners International (RCI). Gorajec, the former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, points out that common medication overages are placed in the RCI penalty classification C. Those “points” accrued by trainer violations are erased every year, so technically a trainer could have eight or nine annual medication violations and not face any additional punishment.

“Most often these class 4 drugs positives carry a half point on a trainer's record,” Gorajec writes. “Additional penalties begin when a trainer reaches five points. So, a trainer could have nine positive tests in a year for these common drugs (4.5 points) and serve no additional time… “A trainer accumulates eight or nine positive tests a year. The penalty points then expire. So, he or she can repeat the same behavior year after year.”

Gorajec also shares some thoughts on multiple racetracks refusing entries from Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “I am confident that almost every racetrack in the country has more than a few trainers with drug infractions substantially worse than Mr. Hollendorfer's.”

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