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Columbus, OH --- The United States Trotting Association, through the Medication Subcommittee of the USTA Board of Directors, has established a group, to include both academic and practicing veterinarians, to be called the Harness Racing Medication Collaborative (HRMC). The HRMC's purpose is to assist in identifying and developing the scientific background for medication regulation in Standardbred racing. Scientific research projects may be conducted if needed to support Standardbred regulatory policy, once funding can be organized. The USTA plans to provide the HRMC's reports and supporting data to the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which would transmit those reports to its regulators in the various racing commissions. The members of the USTA Medication Subcommittee are: Joe Faraldo (Chair) Sam Beegle Mark Loewe John Brennan Andrew M. Roberts DVM Robert Boni The Medication Subcommittee identified the following veterinarians as having expertise in the Standardbred racehorse: Dr. Thomas Tobin Dr. Kenneth McKeever Dr. Mary Robinson Dr. Clara Fenger Dr. Peter Kanter Dr. Richard Balmer Additional practicing and academic veterinarians will be invited to join the HRMC. "The HRMC will close a gap in the science and policy underlying Standardbred medication regulation," stated USTA President Russell Williams. "Our primary goal is to improve the quality of medication information available to our regulators." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager    

Columbus, OH --- The new U.S. Trotting Association rule book is now available online on the USTA website under the Horsemen/Regulatory tabs on the homepage or by clicking this link. Following are some of the highlights of the new rules in the 2018 USTA Rule Book: • The use of a fair start pole was approved at all extended pari-mutuel tracks, to be erected at a clearly identifiable point before the start. If a horse has not reached the fair start pole when the horses are released by the starter, the judges may call an inquiry and request that money bet on the horse be refunded. • Whip regulations and prohibitions are now more clearly defined. • Breath analyzer requirements have been expanded to include any recognized test that shall produce immediate test results, and who is subject to a test. • Action against the use of illegal drugs was expanded to prohibit the use of any illegal drug, any medication that may detrimentally impact performance or any unapproved stimulant, depressant, narcotic, or hypnotic, unless prior approval of the state regulatory authority verifies the use will not adversely affect the safety and well-being of both equine and human participants. • Any horse that has been gelded or any mare that has been spayed must be recorded with the USTA within 30 days of being gelded or spayed. All horses programmed as a horse/colt/ridgling shall be verified as such prior to each start. A notice of castration form is also now available here. • An option added to Pleasure Horse Registration will now allow owners to choose, upon application, either Pleasure Registration, where the owner prohibits registration of future offspring and terminates any electronic eligibility previously issued, or Pleasure Registration No Racing, in which owners terminate any electronic eligibility previously issued, but do allow the registration of offspring. The new pleasure horse conversion application may be found here. • The breeder of record, as defined in Rule 4.18, may only be changed by the Registrar upon receiving proof that the transfer date of the dam was incorrectly submitted. Otherwise, the listed breeder of the horse shall not be changed after a foal has been registered and a registration certificate has been issued. • The use of head numbers shall not be permitted at extended pari-mutuel tracks, but may be used at non-extended meetings/fairs. • Any person listed as the registered owner(s) of a horse who is found to be directly or indirectly paying for training services on that horse by an individual who is ineligible to be programmed as a trainer, shall be suspended from membership. • The registration of stallion syndicates and racing, farm, corporate, or stable names has been streamlined so that application may be made with one application for stallion syndicates and one for registered stables, regardless of type. In addition, all registered stables will be required to be renewed annually by Dec. 31. The new forms may be found here under “Membership.” These changes will be reflected in the next update to the USTA’s Rule Book App, found on Apple’s iTunes, and Google Play stores, which can be found by searching “USTrotting.” USTA Communications Department  

Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association is currently accepting applications for the Social Media Promotion and Publicity position in the Harness Racing Communications Department at the USTA office in Westerville, Ohio. The deadline for applications is Friday (April 13). The responsibilities of the Social Media Manager are to: create and implement the USTA's social media and promotional strategy, develop and promote brand awareness on social media platforms, manage content strategy and creation, monitor and positively influence brand sentiment, and provide leadership in social media platform utilization, community participation and customer engagement. The position will also coordinate social media efforts with USTA member tracks, harness racing industry organizations and other outside partners. In addition, the Social Media Manager will have responsibilities that include: travel for on-site coverage of major harness races and industry events, serving as on-air host for video content produced by the USTA Communications Department and as one of the newsroom editors for the ustrotting.com website. For full details and requirements for the position, visit the employment page on the USTA website. Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Human.Resources@ustrotting.com by Friday (April 13).  

The U.S. Trotting Association’s newly adopted rules that were approved at the recent annual Board of Directors meeting held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton from March 10 through 12 and the minutes from each of the committee meetings are available online on the USTA’s website by clicking here. Some of the changes in the new rules include revisions regarding: Adoption of World Trotting Conference whipping rules Horse identification and the use of microchips Standards of conduct Alcohol and medication usage Head number requirements Fair start poles Medical clearance following injuries Pleasure horse registration Claiming allowances The minutes from the Marketing/Communications, Racing, Registration, Rules and Finance committees are also available. Ken Weingartner

Columbus, OH ---- The USTA board of directors annual meeting concluded Monday (March 12) with approval of the 2018 USTA budget, final decisions on the USTA rule and bylaw change proposals, and the formation of two new committees to further USTA projects.   USTA/Mark Hall photo From left: USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner, Assistant Treasurer Dennis Fisher, and Chairman Ivan Axelrod go over changes to the 2018 budget in the finance committee. The finance committee approved the 2018 budget, which projects a surplus of some $256,000 over projected expenses. The rules committees approved, rejected, or amended the 24 proposed changes to the USTA rules and bylaws. Highlights include installation of a fair start pole at each track, the prohibition of head numbers at pari-mutuel racetracks, expansion of pleasure horse registration, and the adoption of a whipping policy adopted from consensus at the 2017 World Trotting Conference. A full rule and bylaw change report will be posted on ustrotting.com later this week. The changes will also be published in the April 2018 issue of Hoof Beats. In the closing session, President Russell Williams announced the creation of two new subcommittees to further two new USTA projects. He announced that directors Don Marean (District 9), Jacqueline Ingrassia (District 12), and Fred Nichols (District 9) will begin work on the Standardbred Transition Alliance. He also said that Gabe Wand (District 4B), Marilyn Breuer-Bertera (District 2), and Marean will move forward with the USTA youth delegate initiative as the youth leadership development subcommittee. Also in the closing session, Jason Settlemoir (District 8) asked the board to consider polling USTA members as to whether or not they would approve of five percent of purse funds from tracks with expanded gaming to be placed in a nationwide marketing fund. Ivan Axelrod, USTA chairman of the board, responded that yes, he thinks that if posed this question, most members would say yes to “spending other people’s money” to market the sport. What comes next would be the challenge, since determining the means of obtaining the money, then determining who deployed the money and how the money would be utilized remained as questions too big to be answered, regardless of the results of a survey. “We know what the answer is going to be, so I think that would make our members more upset with us because we couldn’t do it, than by not asking at all.” The next USTA board of directors annual meeting will be held March 9-11, 2018, at the Hilton-Easton in Columbus, Ohio. USTA Communications Department 

Ellen Harvey is semi-retired but she is one lady who is not ready to be put out to pasture. Harvey, from the famous Harvey harness racing family, is a long-time executive, publicist, writer, director and industry advocate who grew up in Washington County and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1973. Earlier this year, she semi-retired from the position of executive director of Harness Racing Communications Coordinator of Standardbred Support Programs for the United States Trotting Association, where she worked for 23 years. “I’m still working on a contract basis,” she said, “special projects.” Harness racing has been a special project for her entire life. Harvey grew up outside of Arden, in the Meadow Lands area of Washington County. She currently resides in Freehold, N.Y. Her father, Harry, who died in 2016, was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2001 after managing Delvin Miller’s Meadow Lands farm and then purchasing the Meadow Lands Farm annex where he lived. He also started his own Arden Hills Farm and racing stable at nearby Arden Downs – the Washington County Fairgrounds – and was a renowned trainer. Harry Harvey moved his family to Meadow Lands in 1951. His wife, Cornelia, managed the farm’s finances for 54 of their 61 years of marriage and taught the children to ride horses. “Everywhere we looked, we could see horses,” Ellen Harvey said. “Five-hundred and fifty acres. We raised 100 babies a year. My bedroom window looked over a big field of mares and foals. “We were five miles from (Washington) and the parents of my friends thought that was a bit too far to travel to a friend’s house. We couldn’t do anything else other than look after and care for the horses. “Horses and harness racing was always part of my life. When I was a kid, daddy was gone a lot to the track. I wanted to live on Allison Avenue in Washington. We were living on a dirt road. Some of my friends’ parents thought it was too dangerous out there, too far away. We were two-and-a-half miles from a paved road. We had the ponies, a pond with fish and a car past our house about once every three hours.” Ellen Harvey has two sisters, Anne and Kathryn, and a brother, Leo, who still resides in the Pittsburgh area. She earned an undergraduate bachelor of arts degree from Boston College, graduating magna cum laude, and a master’s degree in education, Federal Department of Education Fellow from the University of Washington. She lived in Boston for 10 years, where she worked as a special-education teacher and administrator – working with newborns to 3-year-olds with special needs. “I started to look at what skills I had,” Harvey said. “I knew harness racing. “At IC, I was a good writer. Sister Rosemary Flaherty made me a better writer. If I turned in a paper with a mistake, she’d hand it back and make me – all of us – fix the mistake. You could never turn in a paper that wasn’t perfect. She made me a disciplined writer.” That tutelage, and the harness racing background, made her one of the best harness racing writers, information sources, publicists and experts in the sport’s history. She produced and syndicated television shows. She worked on radio and TV shows telling stories, keeping beat writers and the harness racing audience informed. Harvey produced a TV show at the Meadowlands, in New Jersey. She kept writers at the Newark Star Ledger, New York Daily News and other news outlets informed and filled with statistics, notes and trends. Her focus was on local, national and international events. “I think what is really unique about her and what makes her so noteworthy and special, is she is very smart, and truly understands the industry from bottom to top because of her family,” said Christine Blaine, director of marketing and communications for the Washington Wild Things and former publicity director at The Meadows. “If you take that kind of knowledge and put it into the equation, I don’t think you could have anyone better or more suited to promote the industry as Ellen. “She has been involved since the day she was born. She has all the smarts to go with it and the personality. She can talk to anybody – from the most sophisticated to the most common. Ellen has the perfect blend of assets to further the racing industry. “I look at her now (through social media) and see she’s passionate about horses. She is passionate about the industry. I really admire her. Ellen’s skillset, background and education make her an invaluable asset to the racing industry.” Harvey was Director of Media relations at the Meadowlands for five years and was project director for the North American Harness Racing Marketing Association in New York City. Her stories appeared in USA Today, New York Times, Globe and Mail, and for services such as the Associated Press and Reuters. Her fingerprints were on television shows, syndicated shows on MSNBC, local CBS affiliates and the MSG channel and stories and information for ESPN, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR (National Public Radio) and most major newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Harvey also is the author of the book Standardbred Old Friends, profiling 43 horses. She’s a big deal and the real deal. In one particular venture, a syndicated weekly national harness racing television show, Harvey helped triple viewership from 10 million to 30 million in two years. She credits the time living in Washington for helping to shape her in many ways. “It all started in Washington,” Harvey said. “I am proud to be from there. “We had 60 in our class. Twenty-two or 23 boys. The rest were girls. We had seven national merit scholars. I was not one of them. It was a great class.” She added that her father’s influence was a big reason for her success and attention to detail. “He could not stand when things were not taken care of,” Harvey explained. “He wouldn’t sleep until everything was done, everything was fixed. “He was always pushing against the tide. He was proud of his training to do things better. He wasn’t a patient man but he was patient with the horses. We all benefited from his personality.” One of Harvey’s friends, who graduated a year before her, was Mary Ellen Boylan Jutca. The two played on the same basketball team. Jutca is one of the greatest female players and athletes in Washington County history and went onto a Hall of Fame athletic career at Villanova. Jutca scored a county-record 53 points one game. Harvey proudly says she “played in the game” while Jutca “dominated the game.” The two maintained a friendship that many miles could not break. “Ellen was always smiling,” Jutca said. “She’s a dear sweet person – always positive. I never heard anything negative from her or about her. She did well for herself and she comes from a lovely family. ... When Ellen spoke, it was very profound. She was just a joy to be around.” Jutca, recalls a “chance” meeting with Harvey miles from IC and their high school friendship. “I was on a trip with some of my friends to go visit a roommate from Villanova,” Jutca said. “She lived in Liberty, N.Y., which is close to Woodstock. The car was full and we all wanted to see Woodstock. We were in the middle of nowhere on a country road. We’re singing and laughing and we were passing a hill with a big rock at the top. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. Back the car up.’ I thought I saw somebody I knew. My friends said I was crazy. But on top of that hill sat Ellen Harvey. I got out. We hugged. We didn’t stop long. But I was blown away. To me, that took the cake. In the middle of nowhere – in the Catskills Mountains – I see Ellen Harvey sitting on a rock. Unbelievable.” John Sacco writes a bi-weekly Sunday column about local sports history for the Observer-Reporter. Reprinted with permission of the Observer-Reporter

Columbus, OH --- In the latest release from Pathway, the U.S. Trotting Association's statistical database, new reports for harness racing summaries by specific track or state are now available. These new reports of horse's, trainer's or driver's information are searchable by any state or any racetrack for up to any 12-month period back to 1992, with the current year available at no charge. There is a small fee for reports prior to the current year. Reports in all three categories -- horses, trainers and drivers -- are ranked by purse money earned, but can also be sorted by any of the statistics in the lists. For horses, the reports include: foal year, sex, gait, starts, wins, places, shows, and purse money earned. For trainers and drivers, the statistics include: starts, wins, places, shows, purse money earned, and Universal Trainer Rating (UTR) or Universal Driver Rating (UDR), respectively. To access any of these reports, visit http://pathway.ustrotting.com. Users must have a Pathway account. There is no charge to set up an account. In addition to these and other free reports, users also can purchase a wide variety of Standardbred performance and pedigree reports. For a video tutorial, click here. USTA Communications Department  

Columbus, OH --- In the second of three weekly launches, the U.S. Trotting Association's statistical database, Pathway, has introduced new, free reports of major stakes histories, driver and trainer chronicles in major stakes and a summary listing of all North American races. Some of the information is available for the first time and other reports, which were previously available, will now be updated on a daily basis rather than annually and are sortable by multiple categories. All of these reports include more detailed reports that are available for a small fee. These are the new reports now available in Pathway: 1) Chronicles of Major Races 2) Major Races by Year 3) North American Race Summary 4) Driver Chronicles of Major Races 5) Trainer Chronicles of Major Races Under the Statistics tab in Pathway in the Major Races category: 1) Chronicles of Major Races: provides a history of major stakes races back to 1980 with trainers added from the former listing in the Trotting & Pacing Guide that is searchable by race or by year. 2) Major Races by Year: is a listing of major stakes winners by calendar year back to 1992. Both reports are sortable by: date, division, track, purse, winning horse, driver, trainer and time. Also under the Statistics tab in Pathway: 3) North American Race Summary: provides a summary listing of all North American races that is sortable by year, track type, and country, state or track for the past 10 years for free or a full report back to 1992 for a small fee. Information includes race dates, purses, starters and earnings per starter, trotter or pacer for each year. The other two new reports can be found under the People tab in Pathway: 4) Driver Chronicles of Major Races: is a listing of all major races for individual drivers for the current year that is sortable chronologically or by division, track, purse, horse, trainer for drivers and drivers for trainers, time or finish position. The current year is free. Additional reports including prior years, race charts and replays are available for a fee. 5) Trainer Chronicles of Major Races: displays the same statistics and reports for trainers. Next Friday (March 9), additional new reports will be made available that include a listing of horse, trainer or driver information searchable by any state or any racetrack. To access any of these reports, users must have a Pathway account. There is no charge to set up an account. In addition to these and other free reports, users also can purchase a wide variety of Standardbred performance and pedigree reports. To create a Pathway account, click here or on the Pathway tab on the USTA website. For questions regarding Pathway, please contact Pathway support at pathway@ustrotting.com or call 877.800.8782, ext. 4. For a video tutorial, click here.   Ken Weingartner  

The U.S. Trotting Association announced Friday (Jan. 26) that all Fines and Suspensions Ruling Reports, which are searchable, are now available for free in Pathway (https://pathway.ustrotting.com), the online harness racing database on the USTA's website. Previously, only weekly Fines and Suspensions Bulletins in pdf format were available at no charge but were not searchable. "We realized that our searchable integrity-related information would be highly valuable to our track members, horsemen and prospective new owners," said USTA President Russell Williams in making the announcement. "Although we're highly conscious of funding all of our activities at the USTA and this will decrease some revenue in our budget, we feel that it is a significant item for racing integrity." To access the Fines and Suspensions data, users must have a Pathway account. There is no charge to set up an account. In addition to these rulings and other free reports, users also can purchase a wide variety of Standardbred performance and pedigree reports. To create a Pathway account, click here or on the Pathway tab on the USTA website. Under the Rulings tab in Pathway, Fines and Suspensions can be searched by People, Facility or State. There are three separate reports available in the People section that includes career rulings for all data available to the USTA: Rulings Summary Report All Rulings Report Major Rulings Report Within both the Facility, pari-mutuel tracks and fairs, and State sections, there are two types of reports that allow the user to input specific timeframes by start and stop dates. For each category, the reports are either: Summary Major Rulings Report Summary Rulings Report The information provided in the USTA rulings reports rulings is submitted by the judges/stewards and state racing commissions. The USTA is not responsible for the accuracy or timeliness of the information. For further details on specific rulings, please contact the racing commission where the ruling was issued. For questions regarding Pathway, please contact Pathway support at pathway@ustrotting.com or call 877.800.8782, ext. 4. Ken Weingartner      

Yonkers, NY --- The annual meeting of the United States Trotting Association’s District 8A, encompassing downstate NY , was held on Saturday (Jan. 20) at the Hilltop Oval on the night Foiled Again was foiled in his attempt to achieve a career milestone 100th win. But as they used to say of the Brooklyn Dodgers, “wait till next time”. District Chairman Joe Faraldo , Yonkers GM Bob Galterio and newly appointed Director of Racing Cammie Haughton guided the 27 attendees through the debate over various rule change proposals. The was no change in any of the current directors including Tim Rooney Jr., Jordan Stratton or Mike Kimmelman, Jr. The entire list of rule changes and the sole by-law proposal may be found here.  Below are the recommendations of those attending the District 8A meeting to guide their directors at the USTA national meetings in Columbus this March. The recommendations are presented as they were numbered. It was noted that at the beginning that the wording used in all of the proposals should indicate the rules  will not apply at “extended pari-mutuel tracks. under the jurisdiction of the various state racing commissions” (uniform claiming allowance percentages) - Approved  2. (head numbers) – Rejected 3. (define “length”) – Approved 4. (breath analyzer requirements) - Approved   5. (vs. human illegal drugs) - No action taken 6. (officials at charted matinees) – Approved 7. (track condition, variant, wind indicator) – Rejected 8. (identifier verifies males)- Rejected 9. (stable vs. corporation) –  Specifically section 8.04 trigger the Rejection  10. (scratches due to date change) – Approved 11. (“fair start” pole) - Rejected 12. (driver in accident – medical clearance) - Approved  13. (human disorderly conduct) - Rejected 14. (equality of substitute driver) -- Rejected with the caveat, primarily because it was felt the decision should belong to the trainers, not the judges in the first instance and the words comparable with similar skill sets for multiple race wagers could involve way too much discretion in the judges. 15. (whipping regulations #1) – Rejected; it was felt tgat the current rule is sufficient. 16. (whipping regulations #2) – Rejected 17. (“unnecessary” on track conversation) – Rejected 18. (“change of sex” notification) – Rejected  19. (restricted trainers/”trainers”) – No Action taken 20. (pleasure horse registration) – Approved  21. (correction of ownership transfer date) – No action taken 22. (non-reusable horse names) – Rejected  23. (embryo transfers) – Approved  24. (dissolution of district meetings; by-law change) – Rejected with the thought of not only expansion to some form of an on line USTA open discussion and exchange of comments before a cut off date for on line voting.There was also a discussion of the improvements made at Yonkers Raceway by Management with support from  its horsemen . That support and cooperation included moving the finish line, removing the photo finish’s distorted angle, adding larger fields and distance races for global consumption, resumption of the International Trot, removing the passing lane to create more movement and thus excitement in the races as well as discussions on the Belmont initiative, a slanted starting gate and banking the racing surface. A very positive highlight was the appearance of a couple from Somers, NY who are totally new to the business, have acquired a few horses and are enjoying and participating in the game to the fullest. Lastly, the efforts of Cammie Haughton in his careful attention to the important detail of avoiding head to head post times with other tracks in order to increase handle at Yonkers crafted by Management’s Bob Galterio was duly noted. Joseph Faraldo

BEDFORD PA - The United States Trotting Association's District 7, encompassing Pennsylvania, was held on Saturday (January 13) at the Omni Bedford Springs Report in this southwdbriggsest Pennsylvania city. District Chairman Sam Beegle was joined by directors Russell Williams, Rich Gillock, Barry Brown, and Kevin Decker. Beegle asked Williams to guide the review of the USTA rule change proposals. Russell stated that the group would start with the series of proposals turned in by the Universal Rules Committee, chaired by John Campbell and including Pennsylvanians Williams, Brett Revington, and Anthony Clark; the other proposals were then discussed. Below are the recommendations of those attending the District 7 meeting for their Directors at the USTA national meetings in Columbus late this winter. The recommendations are presented as they were numbered; those marked with an asterisk (*) were the proposals of the Rules Committee. It was noted that at the beginning that the wording used in all of the proposals should indicated the rules should be applied only at "extended pari-mutuel tracks." 1. (uniform claiming allowance percentages) -- TABLED. 2. (head numbers) - APPROVED. 3. (define "length") - APPROVED. 4. (breath analyzer requirements)* -- APPROVED. 5. (vs. human illegal drugs)* -- APPROVED. 6. (officials at charted matinees) - TABLED. 7. (track condition, variant, wind indicator)* - TABLED. It was proposed that the "variant" should include both wind and weather factors, and that other track condition designations should be considered. 8. (identifier verifies males) - APPROVED. 9. (stable vs. corporation) - APPROVED. 10. (scratches due to date change) - TABLED. 11. ("fair start" pole)* -- APPROVED by a 14-4 vote. This proposal drew one of the most spirited participation, with the discussion basically dividing at the term "protecting the majority of the public" vs. the extra betting from "wagering whales" which often follows this triggering situation. 12. (driver in accident - medical clearance)* -- APPROVED. 13. (human disorderly conduct)* -- APPROVED. 14. (equality of substitute driver)* -- REJECTED, primarily because it was felt the decision should belong to the trainers, not the judges. 15. (whipping regulations #1) - REJECTED; several horsemen were concerned by "loose lining," especially in the stretch. 16. (whipping regulations #2) - REJECTED. 17. ("unnecessary" ontrack conversation)* - APRROVED WITH AMENDMENT limiting the objectionable conversation to range from "the start of the post parade to the finish." 18. ("change of sex" notification) - APPROVED. 19. (restricted trainers/"trainers")* - APPROVED by a 16-1 vote. 20. (pleasure horse registration) - APPROVED. 21. (correction of ownership transfer date) - APPROVED. 22. (non-reusable horse names) - APPROVED. 23. (embryo transfers) - APPROVED. 24. (dissolution of district meetings; by-law change) - REJECTED. There was also a discussion on the coming of chip implantation, with most favoring the move but some expressing a concern for hardship imposed on several groups, with the Amish particularly focused on, but the low cost of the scanners offset many of these concerns. Jerry Connors

Columbus, OH --- In early September, the United States Trotting Association (USTA) learned of social media reports concerning the condition of a Standardbred named Killean Cut Kid, which, it was reported, had been acquired by a horse rescue group from a sales pen in Bastrop, Louisiana. Photos showing wounds to Killean Cut Kid's ankles accompanied several of the Facebook and Twitter postings.  On Sept. 3, the USTA engaged the Association's contracted investigator, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, to conduct an inquiry into this matter to determine if any USTA rules on animal welfare had been violated. Thursday, the USTA issued the following statement regarding the investigation. Details of the investigation and the USTA’s rules on animal welfare follow below the statement. “The USTA is dismayed and disturbed by the chain of events revealed by its investigation, and by the actions that contributed to Killean Cut Kid’s plight. All of us who share a passion for horses find the images concerning and difficult to view, and we approached this investigation vigorously and seriously. “It is important to understand that State racing commissions, and not the USTA, determine who can and who cannot participate in racing in their respective jurisdictions. USTA’s scope of authority is clear -- we may only suspend memberships when specific rules are broken. While this situation is emotionally troubling, the investigation affirms that neither of the specific conditions for disqualification from the Association has been met. “The USTA has relayed its findings to the Ohio State Racing Commission and has been in contact with law enforcement in Union Parish, Louisiana. Should additional information pertinent to the investigation be made known, the Association will act accordingly.” ### Investigation Background: • The investigation indicates that Killean Cut Kid changed hands several times in the days following the initial social media postings regarding the need to euthanize the horse. • His trainer stated that Killean Cut Kid was given to an acquaintance in western Ohio.  • That acquaintance stated that he then gave custody of the horse to a local horse broker. The broker stated that he transported the horse with others to the sale in Louisiana.  • Those involved in the transfers and transport of Killean Cut Kid provided disparate and incomplete descriptions of Killean Cut Kid's ankles, and of the origin of their condition.  • Absent additional, corroborating information, the investigation was unable to ascertain definitively the timing and progression of Killean Cut Kid’s injuries, nor could it determine possession of the horse at the time they were incurred.  • The investigation found no evidence that the horse was insured. • Unannounced visits to the trainer’s farm and stable were conducted. All horses appeared to be in good condition, stalls were clean with sufficient shavings, and all had clean water. There were ample bales of hay and bags of horse feed available at both locations. • The investigation has determined that no charges have been filed by any law enforcement or animal welfare agency possessing the power to act upon them, and none are anticipated at this time. USTA rules governing animal welfare: In the area of animal welfare, the USTA rule book specifies the following: 1) Any person who has admitted to or been adjudicated guilty of participating in causing the intentional killing, maiming or injuring of a horse for the purpose of perpetuating insurance fraud or obtaining other illegal financial gain shall be barred from membership in this association for life. 2) Any person who has been the subject of an adverse finding in a final order in a prosecution arising out of treatment of a horse under any state animal welfare statute shall be disqualified from membership in this association for a minimum period of one (1) year with the length of disqualification beyond one (1) year to be determined by the gravity of the offense. USTA Communications Department 

Columbus, OH --- While the United States Trotting Association (USTA) strongly supports breed-specific, uniform medication rules for horse racing, the USTA, which has had no input into the preparation of the bill, opposes the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R.2651) for a number of reasons. Two of the primary objections to the proposed legislation are the elimination of race-day medications, specifically furosemide (Lasix), and the lack of separate, uniform regulations governing the use of therapeutic medications for the different breeds. In March 2012, the USTA announced its official position on furosemide stating, "The U.S. Trotting Association believes that the most humane way to address this problem (Exercised-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage) is through the continued approval of the race-day administration of furosemide under controlled conditions and by a licensed veterinarian." "After a year of considering all the issues concerning the race-day administration of furosemide, commonly known as Salix or Lasix, the U.S. Trotting Association believes the determining factor should be the welfare of the horse," said then USTA President Phil Langley in making the announcement at that time. The American Association of Equine Practitioners also endorses the use of race-day Lasix "based on the overwhelming body of international scientific and clinical evidence." The USTA has long been an advocate for separate rules for the different breeds in the use of therapeutic medications. "As the Association of Racing Commissioners International has recently agreed and the USTA has advocated all along, the differences in the racing breeds and their business models, particularly the frequency that the horses race, requires there to be separate rules for each breed in the use of therapeutic medications," said USTA President Russell Williams. "A 'one-size-fits-all' approach, which is what H.R.2651 appears to advocate, isn't right, isn't fair, doesn't promote equine health, and won't work." Further, the USTA has concerns about the makeup of the proposed federal board of the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority (HAMCA) created by the legislation. "The proposed board members will have no experience with or understanding of the horse racing industry or the welfare of the horses," said Williams. "It seeks to replace the current state regulatory system where uniformity largely exists and is made up of regulators with extensive experience and knowledge of horse racing. "Also, it is a significant concern to the USTA that this legislation would designate the Federal Trade Commission as the ultimate regulatory authority, bypassing agencies like the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration that have experience with animal welfare issues." In addition, the proposed legislation would create a regulatory commission that could mandate significant additional expenses to the horse racing industry. "There is no stipulation for federal funding in the legislation as there is for the United States Anti-Doping Agency in its testing of human athletes, which would give HAMCA a blank check to impose new costs to racetracks and horsemen with minimal oversight or accountability," added Williams. The USTA joins the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (the two major, national organizations representing Thoroughbred owners, breeders and trainers); Harness Horsemen International (the international organization that represents Standardbred owners, breeders and trainers in the U.S. and Canada); Association of Racing Commissioners International (the national organization representing independent state racing commissions); the American Association of Equine Practitioners and North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (the two principal organizations representing the equine veterinary community); and the American Quarter Horse Association as well as numerous other racing and breeding organizations in opposing the proposed Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2651). Ken Weingartner USTA Communications Department

The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has offered assistance to multiple animal welfare groups caring for horses displaced in the recent hurricane and flooding in east Texas. The USTA's Support Our Standardbreds (SOS) program has, since 2011, provided financial help to animal welfare groups or agencies caring for registered Standardbreds subject to criminal neglect or abandonment. There are nearly 100 USTA members in Texas, many of them in east Texas, where flooding has caused massive damage and separated thousands of horse owners from their animals. SOS funds can help cover costs of their care until they can be reunited with owners. Additionally, freeze brands or tattoos should help identify the horse and expedite return to their owners; USTA staff will assist in that process. "Most of our membership is a long way from Texas, but we want to support Standardbreds and their owners, wherever they are," said USTA Executive Vice President Mike Tanner. "By extending assistance through the SOS program, we can help care for Standardbreds who may be sick or injured as a result of the flood and we'll also help identify them and get them reunited with their owners. In emergencies such as these, very few animals have any kind of traceable ID, but our horses will be the exception." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Washington, DC --- Russell Williams, the president of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) chairman of Standardbred Horse Sales Co., and chairman of Hanover Shoe Farms has been named to the American Horse Council's (AHC) Board of Trustees following the organization’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, which was held in Washington D.C. June 11-14. Williams replaces Michael Tanner, executive vice president of the USTA and joins Matt Iuliano, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club in this role. “Russell Williams has served as both a member and chairman of the American Horse Council board and we are grateful that he will be re-joining the board to lend us his extensive knowledge and understanding of not only the harness racing industry but the equine industry itself,” said Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “At the same time, we deeply appreciate the guidance and commitment Mike Tanner provided to the council.” Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, as well as a law degree from the University of Richmond. He also currently serves as a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and the Hanover Foundation for Excellence in Education. Additionally, he is a member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Mr. Williams previously served on the AHC’s Board from 2001-2008 and as chairman of that board 2009-2012. “Working with the trustees and staff of the AHC adds energy to the other work I do in the horse industry,” said Williams. “I’m very glad to be back on the board.” Iuliano was elected upon the expansion of the board of trustees from 14 to 15 and was also named treasurer of the AHC, succeeding Alex Waldrop in that role. He was named executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club in 2010, after more than eight years as the organization’s Vice President of Registration Services. He oversees all matters concerning The American Stud Book and represents The Jockey Club as it interacts with national and international industry organizations and committee. “Matt Iuliano has played an active role with the AHC while serving on our Racing Advisory Committee, and we are looking forward to his increased involvement as a board member and treasurer,” Broadway said. Prior to joining The Jockey Club in 2011, Iuliano served in several executive capacities at Churchill Downs Incorporated. He also spent seven years as the Director and Operations Manager of Lasma East, a prominent Arabian horse farm that was located in LaGrange, Ky. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Equine Physiology and Biophysics from Colorado State University before earning an MBA and a law degree from the University of Louisville. “The Jockey Club is grateful for the support and dedication of the American Horse Council as an advocate for the entire United States equine industry, and I am honored to have been selected as a member of the board of trustees,” said Iuliano. In addition to Williams and Iuliano, the other AHC board members are: Chairman Dr. Jerry Black (American Association of Equine Practitioners - AAEP), Vice-Chairman Jim Gagliano (The Jockey Club), Dr. Glenn Blodgett (American Quarter Horse Association - AQHA), Marilyn Breuer-Bertera (USTA), Craig Huffhines (AQHA), Dr. Tom Lenz (AAEP), Don Marean (USTA), Dr. Richard Mitchell (United States Equestrian Federation - USEF), Chrystine Tauber (USEF), Johnny Trotter (AQHA), Bill Thomason (National Thoroughbred Racing Association - NTRA), Alex Waldrop (NTRA), and Joe Wilson (Thoroughbred Racing Associations) for the 2017-2018 term. At the annual meeting, the AHC Board of Trustees also approved a name change for the AHC’s Recreation Committee. The new name will be the “Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee.” Historically, this committee has dealt with trail and land use issues in addition to traditional recreational riding. In addition to the election of two new Board members, the Chairs of the five AHC Committees were also confirmed: Animal Welfare Committee: Dr. Tom Lenz, American Association of Equine Practitioners Health & Regulatory Committee: Dr. Richard Mitchell, United States Equestrian Federation Horse Show Committee: Gary Carpenter, National Reining Horse Association Racing Advisory Committee: Alex Waldrop, National Thoroughbred Racing Association Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee: Jim McGarvey, Back Country Horsemen of America by Ashley Furst, for the American Horse Council 

The U.S. Trotting Association announced Friday (June 16) that it has suspended the membership of Northfield Park due to an alleged violation of USTA Rule 20.09 on financial responsibility. Northfield Park was notified of the suspension on Thursday (June 15). Rule 20.09 Financial Responsibility -- states that, “Any participant who shall demonstrate financial irresponsibility by accumulating unpaid obligations, defaulting in obligations … may be denied membership in the USTA or may be suspended on order of the Executive Vice-President.” This action by the USTA is a result of a dispute over payment for eTrack and related services provided to Northfield Park and, as a consequence of Northfield Park’s suspension, also means that the track’s director, Dave Bianconi, has lost his qualifications to continue his service on the USTA Board of Directors. "It's an unfortunate situation that has been ongoing for some time, but track members must be held to the same level of accountability as individual members,” said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner. “We hoped to achieve resolution with Northfield, but have been unsuccessful." The ruling for the Northfield Park suspension will appear in the USTA Current Fines & Suspensions Bulletin that will be posted on the USTA website on Friday (June 16). USTA Communications Department 

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