HISA, The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act will go into effect July 1, 2022, and all “covered persons” involved in Horseracing in the United States must register with the Horseracing and Integrity Safety Authority.

All racing participants, or “Covered Persons,” MUST register with HISA before July 1.

Trainers MUST also register all horses in their care. This can be done after the Trainer registers with HISA.

You are considered a Covered Person if you are licensed by a State Racing Commission (SRC) AND:

  • You have involvement with Thoroughbred Covered Horses or Covered Horseraces; OR
  • You have access to restricted areas of a racetrack in the ordinary course of your work.

Jonathan Stettin interviews HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus on Past The Wire TV:

>>>> Click here to register.

NOTE: Any rules that do not go into effect on July 1 or are not noted by HISA are still enforced under your current State Regulations.

Enforcement Dates

• Most of the Safety Rules were enforced as of July 1, 2022. See articles below for updates on rule enforcement.

• The Medication and Drug Enforcement Rules will NOT go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. This means you are still under your individual state jurisdictions’ rules and regulations. See articles below from December 12 through current date for update on status.

HISA Anti-Doping and Medication Control Rules Draft

• The Horseshoeing Rule 2276 will not be enforced until August 1, 2022, to ensure adequate inventory of HISA compliant horseshoes. 

The riding crop specification Rule 2281 will not be enforced until August 1, 2022, to enable adequate inventory of HISA compliant crops. However, Rule 2280 will be enforced July 1. 

Rule 2281 dictates the design of the crop allowed to be used. A padded crop similar to the one currently in use designed by Ramon Dominguez is specified with additional specifics on weight, length, width and covering material.

HISA Jockey and Riding Crop Regulations

HISA Rule 2281. Riding Crop Specifications


HISA website

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Bill

National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association

Association Of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI)

National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)

Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC)

Jockey’s Guild, Inc.

American Horse Council

The Jockey Club

Related Articles

January 3, 2023 – FTC Issues Order Ratifying Previous Orders Regarding HISA Rules. Click to read more

December, 23, 2022The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is joined by leaders throughout the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry in expressing its strong support for Congress’s reinforcement of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) in the omnibus appropriations bill that was passed by the House today. Click for article

December, 23, 2022 — NTRA Washington Update — On Friday, December 23, 2022, Congress passed a $1.7 trillion spending package that will fund the federal government through September 2023. Congress did not include popular pro-business tax extenders including some that are valuable to the Thoroughbred industry. Click here for article. 

December 21, 2022 – HISA Calls on Horsemen to Work with Us to Advance Share Goals. Click for article.

December 21, 2022 – Attorney Vienna refutes HISA misinformation claim Re: Open Letter. Click for article 

December 21, 2022 – Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has jointly filed an amendment with Senator Manchin (D-WV) that would strip references to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) from the 4,000-page omnibus spending bill being considered this week in Congress. Click for article.

December 20, 2022 – Statement from National HBPA On the Senate’s one-sentence ‘fix’ for the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act By CEO Eric Hamelback and General Counsel Peter Ecabert. Click here for article

December 15, 2022 – The National HBPA was approached by trainers Wesley Ward and Larry Rivelli to help facilitate this open letter to the industry. While this is being distributed by the National HBPA, which also assisted in putting the letter together, the sentiments are those of trainers Wesley Ward, Larry Rivelli and the undersigned horsemen and racing participants. Click here for letter.

December 21, 2022 (Original publish date 12/13) – HISA respond to FTC Ruling. Click to read statement.

December 13, 2022 – Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is postponing a Zoom webinar that planned to focus on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program, because of the recent Federal Trade Commission. Click here for article.  

December 12, 2022 – The FTC today rejected “without prejudice” HISA’s proposed Anti-Doping and Medication Control rules, which means they will not go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023. Click here for article.

December 9, 2022 — Dr. Scollay to give Webinar on HISA Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program Wednesday, Dec 14 NOON ET in Belmont Cafe in the grandstand. Horsemen/trainers/veterinarians not able to attend in person are encouraged to participate on Zoom. Click for story.

October 17. 2022 — The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) today announced the 19 members of its Horsemen’s Advisory Group, who were selected from among the more than 250 applications received from hands-on racing participants from across the country. Click for story.

October 4, 2022 — Representative Lance Gooden (R-TX-05) introduced legislation in the United States House of Representatives that would delay the implementation date of the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) from July 1, 2022, to January 1, 2024. Click for story. 

HISA Alters Horseshoe Rule 2276; HISA Issues Notices for Registration Noncompliance Rule 9000

THA, et al Response to Draft Anti-Doping and Medication Control Protocol and Related Proposed Regulations

They’re out of the gate! HISA is setting the pace. 

From TDN — Breaking News: The states of Louisiana and West Virginia are at the forefront of a new federal lawsuit filed late Wednesday that seeks to block the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) from going into effect when the clock strikes midnight on Friday. Click to read full article at Thoroughbred Daily News.

Senators Put the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority and FTC on notice

HISA changes rollout date of Horseshoes and Part of Whip Regulations

HISA or Miss-AH: Are you a “Covered Person?”

HISA Seeks Public Input on Anti-Doping Rules Draft

Challenge to HISA Fails in Kentucky-Based Federal CourtIn a 33-page opinion and order, Judge Joseph Hood on June 3 dismissed with prejudice a suit claiming HISA is unconstitutional. The suit was brought by the States of Oklahoma, West Virginia, their respective racing commissions, and others. To read the complete article at BloodHorse click here.

Industry Leaders on HISA’s Partnership with Drug Free Sport International (DFS)

Joint Statement by THA, KTA and TOBA

10th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Focuses on the Impact of Data

What HISA Says About Whip Rules — Rules restricting the use of the riding crop are a relatively new development in Thoroughbred racing, but up until now, violations have been between the rider, his or her wallet, and the stewards. That’s about to change, though. … To read the entire article in TheRacingBiz click here.

What HISA Says About Claiming Races — One element of the new rules effective July 1 deals with claiming races. Here’s what those rules will do. The new HISA regime will provide for a standard, nationwide void claim rule.. … To read the entire article in TheRacingBiz click here.

EquiTAPS satisfies reporting requirements as set forth by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) and will accept records submitted by covered persons as defined by HISA, including trainers and veterinarians. When required by HISA’s regulations, treatment and procedure information entered into EquiTAPS will be automatically forwarded to HISA. Read more click here.

Tom Rooney’s statement on HISA opposition from within the industry:

Read it HERE

HISA Calls for emergency summit at Churchill Downs in response to the fatalities since the meet opened. Read it HERE

The Latest from HISA and rule updates HERE

Past The Wire will post links to important HISA information, articles and rules for your reference in this section. Please feel free to comment or contact us for additional information regarding HISA. info@pastthewire.com.