Racing Commissioners International (ARCI)

J. Michael Hopkins, Chair

Edward J. Martin, President





The development of Model Rules, standards, and best practices is an ongoing project of ARCI member agencies.


Relying upon the collective expertise of regulatory personnel in member jurisdictions in consultation with regulated entities, industry stakeholders, fans and individuals, ARCI committees consider ways to improve and enhance the regulation of racing.


The Model Rules are all encompassing.  They affect thoroughbred, standardbred, quarter horse, and greyhound racing.   Regulatory entities are encouraged to adopt the Model Rules by reference as a way to enhance uniformity of regulation in a sport that has evolved to be multi-jurisdictional.


To ensure the quality of drug testing programs as well as to ensure the security of the wagering system, ARCI has adopted standards for drug testing labs as well as the totalizator systems that process the individual wagers of millions of racing fans.


Visit the newly created site to review and comment on pending modifications to the

ARCI Model Rules for Racing and Wagering.



Anyone can make a proposal to change or improve racing regulatory policy by proposing a new Model Rule or an amendment to an existing Rule.


Click HERE to download the required form.


Click HERE to download a MS Word file of the Model Rules.


All Model Rule proposals should be emailed to


1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 210, Lexington, Kentucky, USA  40511

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