Gorajec: What Horseracing Can Learn From ‘Groundhog Day’

In his latest opinion piece in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec compares horse racing’s effort to adopt national rules to the Bill Murray character in the movie “Groundhog Day.”

Specifically looking at out-of-competition testing, Gorajec writes that in December 2016 the Association of Racing Commissioners International passed model rules recommended by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Fifteen months later, he writes, only a handful of states have adopted or implemented these rules.

In fact, Gorajec points out, the first out-of-competition rules were passed by the RCI way back in 2006.

“Is there a way out of this exasperating cycle?” Gorajec asks of recommendations made by organizations like RMTC and RCI that have no authority.

He then refers to the Bill Murray character from “Groundhog Day,” who keeps re-living the same day over and over again.

“Instead of acting the same way, he modified his behavior each day in order to pursue his goals,” Gorajec writes. “He dearly wanted to free himself of the repetitious cycle of Groundhog Day.”

The only way out of the cycle for horse racing, Gorajec concludes, is for the industry to support passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation that would put control of national medication rules and enforcement in the hands of an independent, non-governmental agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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