NTRA Approves Safety, Integrity Code of Standards Updates

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Board of Directors has approved amendments to the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Code of Standards including: a January 2019 deadline for total compliance with the National Uniform Medication Program; annual certification of jockey weight scales and automated weight data logging, and strengthening of totalizator protocols as recommended by the Thoroughbred Racing & Protective Bureau (TRPB).

The measures were previously approved by the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Advisory Board and will become part of the full Code of Standards as of Jan. 1, 2017.

Last year the NTRA Board approved a Jan. 1, 2018 deadline for Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) laboratory accreditation, which remains in effect. The Jan. 1, 2019 deadline requires full compliance with RMTC lab accreditation and three additional “pillars” of the National Uniform Medication Program: the schedule of controlled therapeutic substances, third-party furosemide (often referred to as Salix or Lasix) administration, and the Multiple Medication Violation penalty point system.

The enhancements to jockey weighing protocols are consistent with procedures already in place at several major racetracks and received support from the Jockey’s Guild.

Key amendments to the Wagering Incident Prevention Protocols section of the code include guidelines regarding:

  • The sharing of Transaction Audit Files;
  • Updated protocols for confirmation of stop betting times;
  • Automatic closure of betting when data connections are lost at zero minutes to post;
  • Dissemination of win odds cycles a minimum of every 60 seconds from 10 minutes to post to three minutes to post, and then a minimum of every 30 seconds until post time;
  • Dissemination of “almost final” win odds within 10 seconds of gates opening;
  • Posting of final win odds as soon as available; and
  • Authorization of the TRPB to collect transaction data upon notification of any suspected wagering incident.

The updated sections of the 2017 Code of Standards regarding wagering security can be viewed online

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