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CD virtual town hall on HISA registration 10:30a ET this Friday

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If you have questions: Contact Churchill Downs’ Gary Palmisano (gary.palmisano@kyderby.com)

Friday – June 3rd 10:30 am ET. Here’s link

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From Churchill Downs’ operations manager Gary Palmisano (gary.palmisano@kyderby.com):

As I am sure most of you are aware, on July 1 the Horse Racing Safety and Integrity Act becomes law and we must all begin to comply with the regulations set forth within the legislation. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has been established with the goal of creating and overseeing a national, uniform set of rules that apply to every thoroughbred racing participant.

As we all work toward the July 1st implementation of the HISA Racetrack Safety Program, we want to give horsemen the opportunity to ask questions related to HISA. Therefore, Churchill Downs will be hosting a virtual Horsemen Town Hall on Friday, June 3 at 10:30am. The call will include members of HISA team as well as members of the Churchill Downs team. The goal of the call is help you all get a better understanding of HISA and ask questions that pertain to its implementation and processes for signing up yourself, your staff and the horses under your care.

Attached are two documents regarding the regulations. The “Trainer Factsheet” is an easy to follow guide that outlines the most important bits of information that horsemen need to know and the initial steps you all need to take in order to attain compliance. The “HISA Full Regulations” document includes all of the HISA Racetrack Safety Program information and regulations.

We ask that you please review these documents and begin the process of registration in advance of Friday’s call so that you all can be ready to ask any questions that you may have regarding HISA.

As always, please reach out to myself or any members of our racing team if we can be of any assistance.

Jennie Rees is a communications and advocacy specialist in the horse industry who spent 32 years covering horse racing for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal before taking a corporate buyout. In addition to handling communications for the Kentucky HBPA, Rees is Kentucky Downs’ publicity director, manages in-season racing publicity for Ellis Park and serves as a consultant to the National HBPA. Other projects include the Preakness Stakes, Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby Week and work for various HBPA affiliates and horsemen’s associations.