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Press ReleaseMarch 8, 2013
Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association president Dr. Steve Fisch has released this letter to the public:
Dear FQHRA Members and Supporters of Quarter Horse racing in Florida,
That's where we are. This is where we go from here:
The national trend is for all states and tracks to abide by ARCI rules so that there will be uniformity across the country. Should Florida follow that trend, which we are hopeful it will, the state itself will adopt the stricter ARCI rules. Then its stewards would be able to enforce them, alleviating house stewards from the responsibility. ARCI is hosting a meeting in New Orleans in April 2013, which Florida's DPBR/DPW plans to attend. The resolution of this issue could begin at this meeting.
Regardless of the outcome of that particular meeting, I assure you that FQHRA will continue to pursue every possible avenue to have ARCI medication rules followed in Florida Quarter Horse racing. There is an increasing degree of interest in other permits here in Florida. We want to make sure the racing at all of our tracks is always held to the highest standards.
I encourage everyone to continue to work together to accomplish that goal. As we all know from racing, it's not always a fast track. With the continued support, loyalty and patience of all the horsemen, however, we will cross the finish line.
Steve Fisch, D.V.M.
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