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AnchorOriginally formed in 1934, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) is composed of the governmental regulators of horse and greyhound racing in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad-Tobago, and the Jockey Club of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. RCI members are legally charged with the responsibility to ensure the integrity of racing and pari-mutuel wagering. The association exists to assist in the coordination of the collective efforts of it members who are responsible for ensuring compliance with government laws and regulations designed to protect the general public and racing industry participants, including the equine and canine athletes.

Recognizing the multi-jurisdictional nature of the regulated sport, RCI provides a mechanism for collective policy formation, the exchange of information, research, education and training, integrity advocacy, and the development of reforms and services designed to assist its members operate more effectively and efficiently.

RCI members conduct background investigations and license the participants in racing to safeguard the public interest. Our members operate the most aggressive drug testing program of any professional sport – testing for more substances at deeper levels. Our Stewards officiate the contests and sanction those who violate the rules. RCI members adjudicate appeals and impose sanctions as appropriate. RCI collaborates with racing industry organizations who share our common goal of ensuring integrity in racing.

RCI is a not-for-profit corporation with no direct regulatory authority. Its members individually possess regulatory authority within their jurisdictions and solely determine whether to adopt RCI recommendations on policies and rules.  In some cases, portions of the RCI Model Rules have been adopted by reference in statute or regulation, elevating the impact of the RCI policy development process.

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2023-2024 Board Of Directors

Officers

Chair:
Tom Sage
Nebraska, USA

President:
Edward J. Martin
New York, USA

Chair-Elect/Secretary:
Doug Moore
Washington, USA

Treasurer:
Anthony Salerno
Pennsylvania, USA

Immediate Past-Chair:
Charles Gardiner III
Louisiana, USA

Board Members

Katherine Cunningham
Alcohol & Gaming Comm of Ontario

Chris Dragone
Ohio State Racing Commission

Rob Williams
New York Gaming Commission

Undesignated
Pennsylvania Racing Commission

Undesignated
Louisiana State Racing Commission

Lou Trombetta
Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering

Susan Christianson
South Dakota Commission on Gaming

Scott Chaney
California Horse Racing Board

Heather Gaunt
Michigan Gaming Control Board

Denny Lee (Ex-Officio)
Nebraska Racing Commission


Judith Nason
New Jersey Racing Commission

Charles Moore
Wyoming Gaming Commission

Duncan Patterson
Delaware Thoroughbred Commission

Ken Lowe
West Virginia Racing Commission

Dave Lermond
Virginia Racing Commission

Mike Hopkins
Maryland Racing Commission

Deena Pitman
Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Jamie Eads
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Corinne Sweeney (Ex-Officio)
Pennsylvania Racing Commission

 

All regulatory agencies that are ARCI members are seated on the Board automatically as ex-officio, non-voting members.

 

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AnchorARCI Committees

Awards
Vacant, Chair
Charles Moore — Wyoming
Robert Lopez — Washington
Judy Nason — New Jersey
Dave Lermond — Virginia
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Bylaws
Judy Nason — New Jersey, Chair

Denny Lee — Nebraska
Charles Gardiner — Louisiana
Tom Sage — Nebraska
Robert Lopez — Washington
Eddie Menton — Mobile
Ed Martin – ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Continuing Education/Training
Larry Eliason — Chair

Cynthia Smith — Iowa
Tom Sage — Nebraska
Ismael Trejo — New Mexico
Dr. Corinne Sweeney — Pennsylvania
Hugh Gallagher — New York Racing Association
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio


Drug Testing Standards & Practices
Dr. John Chancey-Oklahoma, Chair
Charles Gardiner — Louisiana
Dr. Lynn Hovda — Minnesota
Dr. Scott Palmer – New York
Dr. Alexandra Lightbown — Massachusetts
Duncan Patterson - Delaware
Dr. Carolyn Cooper – CPMA
Dr. Mary Robinson — Pennsylvania
Dr. Connie McNabb — Texas
Charles Moore — Wyoming
Doug Moore – Washington
Mike Hopkins — Maryland
Michael Post — Arkansas
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Equine Welfare & Veterinarians Committee
Dr. Corinne Sweeney — Pennsylvania, Chair

Dr. Connie McNabb — Texas, Co-Chair
Dr. Scott Palmer — New York
Dr. Lynn Hovda — Minnesota
Dr. Daniel Erickson — Wyoming
Dr. Matt Cooley — Louisiana
Dr. Adam Chambers — Ontario
Dr. Ada Caruthers — Virginia
Dr. Elizabeth Daniel — Maryland
Dr. Ron Friedman — Washington
Dr. Carolyn Cooper — CPMA
Dr. Alexandra Lightbown — Massachusetts
Dr. John Whiston — Delaware Harness
Dr. Sheryl Bourque — British Columbia
Dr. Tom Everman — Oregon
Dr. Susan Gale — Arizona
Dr. Barbara Greene — New Jersey
Dr. Kathleen Picciano — New Jersey
Dr. James Robertson — Ohio
Dr. Francis Daniel — West Virginia
Dr. David Marshall — Pennsylvania
Tom Linkmeyer — Indiana
Donia Amick — Colorado
Dr. Kelly Manzer — Montana
Dr. Joe Meek — Manitoba
Rick Evans — Iowa
Dr. Joe Lokanc — Arkansas
Dr. Susan Botts — Delaware Thoroughbred
Dr. Dale Gibson — Alberta
Dr. William Frank — Michigan
Dr. Roger Cooper — South Dakota
Dr. David Racechel — Nebraska
Dr. John Chancey — Oklahoma
Mike Hopkins — Maryland


Executive Committee
Tom Sage — Nebraska, Chair
Ed Martin – ARCI President
Doug Moore — Washington, Chair-Elect/Secretary
Anthony Salerno — Pennsylvania, Treasurer
Charles Gardiner — Louisiana, Immediate Past Chair

Finance & Audit
Anthony Salerno — Pennsylvania, Chair

Charles Moore — Wyoming
Doug Moore — Washington
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Governance
Charles Gardiner — Louisiana, Chair
Charles Moore — Wyoming
Tom Sage –Nebraska
Judy Nason — New Jersey

Greyhound Racing
Eddie Menton — Mobile, AL, Chair

Mark Lamberth — Arkansas
Dr. Ronald Smith — Mobile, AL
Smokey Campbell — Arkansas
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Licensing & Technology
Vacant, Chair

Deena Pitman — Indiana
Joe Dillmore — Florida
Nina Modugno — New Jersey
Colleen Hurlbert — Minnesota
Mark Davis — Delaware Harness
Connie Winn — Oregon
Robert Lopez — Washington
Judy Nason — New Jersey
Mike Hopkins — Maryland
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Model Rules
Denny Lee — Nebraska, Chair

Doug Moore — Washington, Vice-Chair
Mike Hopkins — Maryland
Jamie Eads —Kentucky
Charles Gardiner — Louisiana
Dave Lermond — Virginia
Tom Sage — Nebraska
Duncan Patterson — Delaware
Robert Lopez — Washington
Anthony Salerno — Pennsylvania
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Pari-Mutuel Auditors Committee
Connie Woods Winn — Oregon, Chair

Sylvie Dubreuil — CPMA, Vice Chair
Brande Koltiska — Wyoming
Tom Sage — Nebraska
Toni Harris — Idaho
Patrick Staley — Louisiana
Bob Lang — Illinois
Karla Vaughn — Indiana
Lindsey Hause — Oklahoma
Cheryl Janssen — Michigan
Curley Trahan — Texas
Diane Vanduen — Nebraska
Susan Christian — South Dakota
Rhonda Davis — Virginia
Waqas Ahmed — Kentucky
Chad Bourque — Massachusetts
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Rider & Driver Welfare and Safety Committee
Doug Moore — Washington, Chair

Allan Monat — Regulator Alum
Eddie Arroyo — Regulator Alum
Tom Sage — Nebraska
Judy Nason — New Jersey
Terry Meyocks — Industry Rep, Ex-Officio
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Regulatory Attorneys Committee
Brett Bonin-Louisiana, Chair

Joshua Laws — Virginia
Angela Holland — Ontario
Joe Newton — Minnesota
Zach Ceriani — Colorado
Elizabeth Stinson — Florida
John Gay — Illinois
Michael Kahler — Wyoming
Edward Black — Delaware
Byron Freeland — Arkansas
Mary Ann Roberts –Oklahoma
Sherry Meador — Montana
Michael Shaw — South Dakota
Judy Nason — New Jersey

Quarter Horse Racing
Charles Moore — Wyoming

Tom Sage — Nebraska
Ismael Trejo — New Mexico
Dan Fick – Iowa
Charles Gardiner — Louisiana
Dr. John Chancey — Oklahoma
Susan Christian — South Dakota
Deena Pitman - Indiana.                                         Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex- Officio

Standardbred Racing
Dr. Alexandra Lightbown — Massachusetts, Chair

Anthony Salerno — Pennsylvania
Mark Davis — Delaware
Dominic DiCera — Illinois
Brent Stone — Ontario
Mike Hopkins — Maryland
Beth Steele — Delaware
Deena Pitman — Indiana
Doug Fenske — Alberta
Judy Nason — New Jersey
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

Wagering System Security
Eddie Menton — Mobile, AL, Chair

Connie Winn — Oregon
Waqas Ahmed — Kentucky
Dave Lermond — Virginia
Charles Moore — Wyoming
Dr. Alexandra Lightbown — Massachusetts
Ed Martin — ARCI President, Ex-Officio

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AnchorRacing Regulatory Jurisdictions


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The "William May" Award

In recognition of an individual or entity that has had a profound positive effect on professional racing.   This is the ARCI’s highest award.


Past Recipients:

1986  Robert P. Strub, Santa Anita

1987  Breeders’ Cup Ltd.

1988  Daily Racing Form

1989  Stanley F. Bergstein, HTA

1990  James P. Ryan, Ryan Foundation

1991  The Jockey Club

1992  William Shoemaker, Jockey

1993  Tony Chamblin, ARCI

1994  Joe Hirsch, Racing Columnist

1995  Paul Mellon, Philanthropist

1996  Allen Paulson, Owner and Breeder

1997  James E. Bassett III, Keeneland

1998  Fred Noe, USTA

1999  Bob and Beverly Lewis, Horse Owners

2000  R.D. Hubbard, Track, Horse Owner

2001  John R. Gaines, Horse Owners, Breeders’ Cup

2002  American Quarter Horse Association

2003  American Association of Equine Practitioners

2004  Racetrack Chaplaincy Program

2005  Lonny T. Powell, Past RCI President and CEO

2006  Curtis Barrett, University of Louisville

2007  American Greyhound Council

2008  University of Arizona, Race Track Industry Program

2009  Richard Duchossois, Arlington Park

2010  Paul J. Bowlinger, Former RCI Employee

2011  Team Zenyatta

2012  John and Barbara Smicklas

2013  Steve Barham

2014  Jim Gowen, TRPB

2015  W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

2016  Dan Fick

2017  Racing Medication and Testing Consortium

2018  Cecil Alexander

2019  Alan Foreman


The "Len Foote" Award

In recognition of exemplary service and contribution to racing integrity by a Commission Executive Director as chosen by his/her peers.


Past Recipients:

1991 Bill Linton, Arizona

1992 Bruce Garland, New Jersey

1993 Gordon Hare, Oklahoma

1994 Larry Eliason, South Dakota

         Dennis Oelschlager, Nebraska

1995 Ken Kirchner, Pennsylvania

1996 Frank Lamb, Wyoming

1997 Steve Barham, Oregon

1998 Frank Zanzuccki, New Jersey

1999 Joe Gorajec, Indiana

2000 Roy Wood, California

2001 Bruce Batson, Washington

2002 Cliff Nelson, Ohio

2003 John Wayne, Delaware

2004 Charles Gardiner III, Louisiana

2005 Paul M. Kelley, New Hampshire

2006 Stan Bowker, Virginia

2007 Dan Hartman, Colorado

2008 Ben Nolt, Pennsylvania

2009 Lisa E. Underwood, Kentucky

2010 Charla Ann King, Texas

2011 Dick Krueger

2012 Tino Rieger, Oklahoma

2013 Hugh Gallagher, Delaware Harness

2014 Marc Laino, Illinois

2015 Tom Sage, Nebraska

2016 Doug Moore, Washington

2017 Mike Hopkins, Maryland

2018 Marc Guilfoil, Kentucky

2019 Rick Baedeker, California

2023 Judith Nason, New Jersey

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AnchorRelated Groups & Organizations

Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC)

RCI members are active participants in the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.  RCI President Ed Martin serves on the Board of Directors of the RMTC along with Dr. Lynn Hovda, Chair of the Regulatory Veterinarians Committee.    Alternate Directors include the Chair of the RCI Drug Testing Standards and Practices  Committee, Duncan Patterson of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, and Michael Hopkins, Executive Secretary of the Maryland Racing Commission. 

RCI members support the RMTC indirectly through the dedication, time and talent of individual commission employees, vendor laboratories and association staff.


Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP)

RCI Model Rules require that commission racing officials be properly accredited through programs approved by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program and conducted by approved program hosts.  The association supports ROAP both financially and by the participation of staff in ROAP projects.    Former RCI Director Frank Lamb serves as Chair of the Steward’s Committee which functions as a joint committee of the ROAP and ARCI.  RCI President Ed Martin serves as a member of the ROAP Board of Directors.

ROAP sets criteria for accreditation and reviews and approves the content of Steward Schools and continuing education programs.


Organization of Racing Investigators (ORI)

The Organization of Racing Investigators provides an intelligence network of information between track level investigators working for regulatory commissions, licensed tracks, and groups such as the TRPB.   The ORI holds an annual training session for its members to examine the latest investigatory techniques, enforcement concerns, and effective tactics.

The ARCI provides organizational support for the ORI.


National Racing Compact (NRC)

The National Racing Compact is an government agency/interstate compact providing multi-jurisdictional licensing services to industry participants and commissions.  The NRC operates out of the RCI offices under a management agreement between the two entities.