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|Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (8/26/05)
Scot Waterman, executive director, RMTC, (859) 422-2675
THA TO CONTRIBUTE $250,000 IN PER-START FEES TO RACING MEDICATION & TESTING CONSORTIUM (RMTC)
Following in the footsteps of the Florida HPBA and Oak Tree Racing Association, the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, which represents horsemen in Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, is contributing $250,000 in per-start fees to the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC).
Alan Foreman, the chairman and chief executive officer of the THA, made the announcement during an update on the RMTC at the Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, hosted by The Jockey Club on Sunday, Aug. 21 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Foreman, who serves as vice-chairman of the RMTC, said the progress of the consortium “has been nothing short of remarkable and its achievements unprecedented,” as he announced his organization would be contributing $250,000 in $5 per start fees to the consortium in 2006.
“For the organization that I lead, as the one who has promoted the per-start fee,” he said, “I am pleased to announce that the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, through our respective organizations of owners, is once again taking a leadership role on medication by distributing to the consortium $250,000 in per-start fees.”
The THA is the third organization to begin providing per start contributions to the RMTC. The first was the Florida HBPA, led by executive director Kent Stirling, which has contributed over $105,000 in the last three years through $3 each from the first four finishers in all Thoroughbred races at Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course.
Over the same period, Dr. Rick Arthur secured a commitment from Oak Tree Racing Association to contribute $150,000 for RMTC sponsored research projects in lieu of the $5 per start fee during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.
Last October, the RMTC Board of Directors announced a $5 per start fee from horsemen as part of its long-term funding formula.
In July of this year, The RMTC announced that tracks would be asked to contribute a comparable amount based on the average daily purse at each track with credit given for increased expenditures for barn area security and drug testing for prohibited substances and practices, such as alkaloid loading or "milkshaking.”
In its first three years of existence, the RMTC has been funded by $2.5 million in contributions from member organizations led by The Jockey Club, NTRA/Breeders’ Cup and the American Quarter Horse Associations (AQHA).
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, consisting of numerous entities and racing organizations, was formed to develop, promote and coordinate, at the national level, policies, research, and educational programs which seek to ensure the fairness and integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants, and protect the interests of the betting public.
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