HISA Draft Letter for Congressmen

The draft letter below can be used to write or email your congressmen expressing your concerns regarding HISA.

If you do not know who your Senator or House Representative is you can find that information here.


June 23, 2022
RE: Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act
Senator or Representatives Name

Dear Senator or Representative ________________ :

At this time, as a member of the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association which represents more than 2,000 thoroughbred owners and trainers who race in the state, I would like to alert you as my elected federal official that I believe the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) should halt its botched implementation. As a participant in the horseracing industry, I want to make you aware that the HISA-Authority has failed to follow the direction from Congress to abide by the complete implementation on the designated Program Effective Date of July 1st , 2022. I ask that implementation be delayed by Congress, through authoring and passage of a technical corrections bill that changes the Program Effective Date to January 2nd, 2024.

With only a portion of the current HISA regulations less than one month from the intended start date, I can assure you the regulations are causing industry wide chaos and financial concerns. A delay will allow Congress time to get additional feedback on this legislation from participants in the racing industry who understand this legislation was part of the Covid Relief Bill passed by Congress in December 2020 where the racing portion never even had a committee hearing. This delay would give your constituents time to weigh in and for you to decide whether this legislation should proceed or be repealed as there remains very limited industry support other than the small special interest groups within the industry that pushed the legislation. This legislation is an unfunded mandate for which industry participants will be asked to pay an estimated 60 million dollars yearly to support beginning in 2023. I ask that you step in and delay the HISA implementation through a technical corrections bill.

(Print Your Name)
(Print your State and Zip Code)

HISA Clarifies Enforcement Dates For Racetrack Safety Regulations

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority released the following list of clarifications on Thursday, regarding the relevant enforcement dates for its racetrack safety regulations.


New horseshoe requirements will not be enforced until August 1, 2022 to ensure adequate inventory of HISA compliant horseshoes.


The riding crop specification rule will not be enforced until August 1, 2022 to enable adequate inventory of HISA compliant crops.

Note: Rule 2280. USE OF THE RIDING CROP will be enforced July 1, 2022.

Rule 2143. RACEHORSE MONITORING (Vaccinations)

Enforcement of the HISA vaccination requirements is delayed until January 1, 2023 to allow horses to be vaccinated with previously unrequired vaccines at times that do not interfere with training and racing schedules. HISA vaccines must be administered by January 1, 2023.

Note: HISA vaccination requirements are in addition to all state and racetrack vaccine requirements; therefore, all state and racetrack requirements still apply.


When a Horse is successfully claimed by a new Trainer, the previous Trainer must transfer Trainer records … to the new Trainer within three (3) days of transfer of the Horse to the new Trainer.

Note: ‘Trainer records’ include only records of medical, therapeutic, and surgical treatments and procedures. Required records do NOT include other materials related to training techniques or protocols.

The veterinary treatment records submitted to HISA by the Attending Veterinarian are associated with the Horse’s data record and as such, they travel with the Horse. As soon as the Designated Owner and/or Responsible Person (usually the Trainer) are changed in the HISA System, the new Designated Owner and Responsible Person will have access to the veterinary treatment records of the claimed horse.

However, the Trainer treatment records, which are only required to be maintained by the trainer (and not submitted by the trainer unless specifically requested by HISA), would be transferred according to the following process:

a. The Claiming Clerk will process the claim, changing the Responsible Person and/or Designated Owner to the new Designated Owner and/or Responsible Person (in the HISA System).

b. A message will be sent to both the Current Responsible Person and the new Designated Owner and/or Responsible Person (using HISA Messaging System) directing the process for transfer of trainer treatment records.

c. The Current Responsible Person will be directed to a Claim Form on the HISA website for listing all treatments performed on the horse within the last 60 days, including medical, therapeutic, and surgical treatments.

d. The Current Responsible Person will send the completed Claim Form to the new Designated Owner and/or Responsible Person outside of the HISA System. For example, the Current Responsible Person obtains the contact information of the new Designated Owner/Responsible Person from the Claiming Clerk so they can email the form.

e. A message will be sent to the new Designated Owner and/or Responsible Person asking them to confirm receipt of the Horse records. Additional technological innovations may further facilitate the process.

Note: Trainers are not required to maintain nor transfer Horse training records, nor are they required to transfer records created prior to July 1. Therefore, if a Horse is claimed on July 15, trainers are only expected to transfer 15 days of records.


The following are prohibited practices:

(d) Thermocautery including but not limited to pin firing and freeze firing, or application of any substance to cause vesiculation or blistering of the skin, or a counter-irritant effect.


• The prohibition on pin firing and freeze firing applies only to the dorsal surface of the third metacarpal/metatarsal bones (“shins”). This prohibition will apply beginning with the foal crop of 2022; it will not apply to horses foaled prior to 2022.

• Pin firing and freeze firing of other structures is not prohibited.

• Application of any substance to cause vesiculation or blistering of the skin or a counter irritant effect is prohibited on all structures.

(f) Use of electrical medical therapeutic devices including magnetic wave therapy, laser, electro-magnetic blankets, boots, electro-shock, or any other electrical devices that may produce an analgesic effect within forty-eight (48) hours of a training activity or of the start of the published post time for which a Horse is scheduled to race.


• ‘Analgesic effect’ means a pain-masking effect that would compromise the ability to determine a Horse’s soundness. Therefore, those modalities may be used for other purposes.

• ‘Training activity’ means a published high-speed work.


Registration Requirement for Covered Persons. A Covered Person as defined by 15 USC § 3051(6) shall register with the Authority in accordance with this rule on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority website at https://portal.hisausapps.org/registration.


• Enforcement of the requirement to register under Rule 9000(a) will begin on July 2, 2022, the day after the program effective date of July 1, 2022.

• Any person who has registered with HISA may request to be unregistered by sending an email with the request to HISA at [email protected] A person shall be deemed unregistered immediately upon HISA’s receipt of the email according to the date stamp on the email.

Additional resources and information may be found on the HISA website at https://www.hisaus.org/. Implementation resources are located on the Resources page of the website at https://www.hisaus.org/home#resources.

Belterra Park Make Up Dates

Belterra Park plans to make up the three live racing days cancelled through June 15th on the following days;
Friday, October 7th
Monday, October 10th
Tuesday, October 11th

Belterra Park Cancels for Wednesday, June 15th

Belterra Park management has cancelled racing for tomorrow Wednesday, June 15th
due to anticipated excessive heat.

The racing day will be made up at a later date. Belterra Park management denied
the Ohio HBPA request to run Wednesday’s card as drawn on Saturday, June 18th
when the weather is supposed to be a perfect 81 degrees under sunny skies.

Belterra Park Book Races for Friday, June 17th back as Extras for Tuesday, June 21st

Belterra Park management has cancelled the Tuesday, June 14th card due to extreme heat. The card will be made up as drawn on Friday,
June 17th. Any horsemen wishing to scratch due to scheduling conflicts can do so without penalty.

Additional information, the card for today will be made up but the date has not
yet been determined. We are looking at potentially a five-day week later in the
year when the turf course is more likely to be used for several consecutive days.

The book races for Friday will come back for Tuesday, June 21st as extras 1
through 13. Entries will be taken Thursday, June 16th for this card.

Belterra Park Cancelled Tuesday, June 14th

Belterra Park management has decided to cancel tomorrow Tuesday, June 14th due
to extreme heat. The card will be made up as drawn on Friday, June 17th. Any
horsemen wishing to scratch due to scheduling conflicts can do so without

OSRC Directive Regarding Working to Get Off of a List

Please see below for a directive from the Ohio State Racing Commission for those horses which are required to work to get off the vet’s, starters or steward’s lists.

From: Chris Dragone, Executive Director
Subject: Blood drawn for Thoroughbred horses working off vets list You are hereby Directed: For the purposes of 3769-5-34 Veterinarian’s, steward’s or starter’s list: A horse on the veterinarian’s list that is required to successfully meet work requirements established by the veterinarian that placed the horse on the veterinarian’s list will submit to a post work blood sample collection for laboratory confirmation of compliance with the commission racing medication rules in order to be released from the veterinarian’s list. The owner of the horse is responsible for the cost of the blood test. This Directive will stay in effect until further notice from the Ohio State Racing Commission.
Christopher Dragone, Executive Director Ohio State Racing Commission

The track vet will collect the post work blood sample and will complete the paperwork for the sample to be sent to the lab and tested. The cost of the test will be $125 to be paid by the owner of the horse.
You will be able to enter a horse after you have successfully completed a work and the post work blood sample has been submitted to the lab however, if the test results come back positive or are not back from the lab prior to race day the horse will be scratched.
There will be no penalties associated with a positive screening of the post work blood sample. However, the horse will then have to successfully work for the track vet again and have a post work blood sample drawn and come back negative before that horse will be allowed to race.

HISA Information

The information below regarding the Horse Racing Safety and Integrity Act is provided as a service to our members. The information comes directly from HISA either through their website or through information HISA provided to our racetracks in Ohio which has been forwarded to us. The Ohio HBPA is not responsible for any of the content below or any subsequent changes made to it by HISA. The Ohio HBPA has never been contacted by HISA to this point.

Any questions regarding any of the information below should be directed to HISA.

HISA Safety Rules
HISA Registration Information
HISA Trainer Factsheets