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NEW MODEL HARNESS RULES

ARCI PRESS RELEASE–– Lexington, KYAt its most recent quarterly meeting in Saratoga Springs in August the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), reviewed 19 amendments to the Model Rules. The Model Rules have been updated with the amendments the board of directors passed on Aug. 9.

The amendments include adjustments where horse(s) are positioned behind the starting gate for two-tiered races and the use of wheel disks, mud fenders and mud aprons for sulkies. Recall rules were adjusted to clarify and determine starting violations, as well as when drivers in harness racing should be cleared to compete after requiring medical attention on or off the track. Harness racing at fairs will require horses(s) to reach an identifiable starting pole prior to the beginning of a race per the starter.

Other amendments were instituted including driver violations during a race is and how drivers were substituted for competition. In addition, the term “extended break” is now more clearly defined and so are the circumstances for drivers that charge the gate. Also, in any/all Standardbred races, drivers will be allowed to use blackwhips not to exceed four (4) feet in total length, with a snapper not longer than six (6) inches.

For more information on the Model Rules and about ARCI, please click here.

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