ARCI to focus efforts on racing unification
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To that end, the ARCI will hold "Town Meeting” forums across the U.S. with racing industry stakeholders, participants and fans in an attempt to find common ground and a workable solution to the problems the industry faces.
Individual regulatory agencies have often relied upon this approach to create policies in their jurisdictions. This will mark the first time that this approach will be done on a national basis in regions across the country by the regulators working in conjunction with racetracks, breeders, horsemen, stakeholder entities, legislators and fans.
Incoming ARCI chairwoman Judy Wagner said that "everything is on the table and we firmly believe there is common ground to be found to achieve common goals.”
The ARCI Board did not rule in or out possible federal legislation yet to be drafted. Board members indicated that legislation may not be necessary and the powers and ability to achieve agreed upon goals may already exist under current federal and state laws.
"Everyone needs to be creative and flexible as to how we achieve this,” Martin said. (ARCI)