Published: Friday, 03 June 2022 15:30
A wide range of racing industry participants are required by federal law to register with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, the entity charged with developing rules and regulations under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2022.
The HISA Racetrack Safety Program takes effect July 1, the same date registrations are due to HISA. The new law requires all "covered persons" to register, and it stipulates that covered persons include individuals licensed by the Maryland Racing Commission. Registered trainers largely will be responsible for registering all of their “covered horses.”
HISA officials said that trainers who do not register will not be permitted to enter or race horses at tracks that export their simulcast signals, which is the bulk of those in the United States. Trainers and their horses will be asked to vacate the stable area at Maryland Jockey Club tracks if they are not registered.
Covered persons under HISA are Thoroughbred owners; Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers; stable foremen; grooms and hotwalkers; jockeys, exercise riders, pony riders, apprentice jockeys and jockeys' agents; bloodstock agents; authorized agents; regulatory, association and practicing veterinarians; non-veterinarian health providers; and blacksmiths. Any MRC licensees with access to restricted areas such as the backstretch and paddock are considered covered persons.
The registration link is available at hisaus.org
, with a toggle switch for English and Spanish. When an individual clicks on “register as a covered person,” he or she is asked if they agree with HISA’s rules and procedures—a link to the document in the Federal Register (English only) appears above for review before a person registers.
When a registration is confirmed, the individual will create a password and user name and receive a HISA identification number.
Required registration information includes a person’s name, physical address, and permanent mailing address; mobile phone number or email address, or both if available; identification of all racing jurisdictions in which the covered person is currently licensed and the occupation or occupations for which the covered person is licensed; an image of at least one currently valid license issued to the covered person by a racing regulatory authority; and “any other information reasonably required by the regulatory authority to fulfill its statutory duties under the law.”
HISA requires that each racehorse be registered by the "responsible person." For a racehorse that has not yet performed its first workout, the responsible person is the owner. Once the horse is in training, the responsible person is the licensed trainer. Among other details, the responsible person must identify the location of the horse and also provide the horse's equine vaccine and health information.
In addition, staff will be reaching out to trainers to check on their registration status the next several weeks.