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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

The National Horse Racing Safety Rules are going into effect on 1 July.

Lisa walked around the backstretch at Belmont Park nine days before the final leg of Lazarus Horseracing’s Triple Crown sale to observe as much.

The CEO of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority spoke with trainers, riders and other equestrians about the sport’s federation’s new governing body, which he has been tabbed to oversee. Lazarus was filled with questions and complaints about the new rules that are about to become the national standard.

Once he explained what would change — and what wouldn’t — Lazarus said the most common reaction he received was, “It’s nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be.”


One reason for that reaction in Belmont? New York is among states that already comply with several safety regulations, which begin July 1, and antidoping rules, which go into effect in early 2023.

Lazarus said policies to become federal law about four weeks after this year’s final Triple Crown race are already in place in California, Kentucky and New York.

Now that Congress has passed the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, the rules will be the same across the track as well in America

“The biggest thing to change is uniformity,” said Lazarus. “Uniformity, really above and beyond: It’s going to be one set of rules for everyone.”

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