New racing authority signs up 38,416 ahead of Friday deadline

New racing authority signs up 38,416 ahead of Friday deadline
Photo: Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire

Thoroughbred racing participants and administrators across the country are preparing for the official implementation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, which will take place this Friday, when the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s racetrack safety program goes into effect.

As required by the federal law, racing participants must register with HISA by end of day on Friday. To date, 38,416 participants, including 18,400 covered persons and 20,016 covered horses, have registered. Racing participants who have not yet registered themselves or their horses can do so at hisaus.org/registration.

In addition, 20 of the 25 states under HISA’s authority have reached or are in the process of reaching agreement or understanding with HISA regarding implementation of the new federal law. For the first time, a national, uniform set of rules will govern every Thoroughbred racing participant and racetrack facility.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the efforts of racing participants, industry organizations and track leadership across the country in helping us ensure that all relevant racing participants and horses are registered by July 1,” said HISA chief executive Lisa Lazarus. “We’re also appreciative of the collaboration and thoughtful approach of so many state racing commissions over the last several months. The cooperation of everyone in the industry is critical to HISA’s long- and short-term success. Come July 1, all Thoroughbred racing participants will be regulated by HISA. To avoid any disruption in their ability to race, we encourage anyone who has not yet registered themselves or the horses in their care to do so as soon as possible.”

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