August Indiana Horse Racing Commission Newsletter


News & Updates from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Advisory Notice: Face Mask Requirements 

As most of you already know, Governor Holcomb has enacted a statewide mandate requiring facial coverings or masks to be worn in an enclosed public space, as well as outdoor spaces when adequate social distancing cannot take place. We would like to remind horsemen participating in racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand Racetrack and any county fair programs that they are required to adhere to this mandate. Continue reading...

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Stride in stride to the finish line.

Horsemen's Advisory: Use of CBD Products

Because CBD can be procured ‘over the counter’ from many sources, please note that this
notice is being sent as a reminder to Indiana horsemen that CBD is Cannabidiol and is
considered a foreign substance for horse racing purposes. Cannabidiol is classified as a Class
2-B penalty by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Continue reading...


Swingforthefences for the win.

The Stewards Corner: Three Strikes 

At the beginning of the Indiana Grand Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race meet, the Stewards reviewed rules concerning the use of the riding crop, discussed their experience with the rule interpretation and developed the “Three Strike Rule” policy.

Not to be confused with “three strikes and you are out”, “three strikes” refers to the number of times a jockey can strike his or her horse in succession. Then, the Stewards require the jockey to allow the horse two full strides to respond. Secondly, jockeys are not allowed to raise their riding crop above their shoulder.

Finally, the jockeys are to be very focused on not hitting their horse in the flanks, which often results in cuts, welts and bruises. Continue reading...