Executive Director Ben Mosier brought representatives from his Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU) to make the final presentation on Tuesday afternoon to members of the Organization of Racing Investigators (ORI) who held their annual conference in Tucson, Arizona this week.
In his introductory remarks, Mosier said, “Nobody knows more about the confusion over HISA they we do. We are prepared and ready, assuming Mar. 27 as a start date.”
Attendees heard from General Counsel Michelle Pujals, Head of Investigative Operations Shawn Loehr and Head of Intelligence and Strategy Shawn Richards, as each outlined a different segment of HIWU’s program. A question and answer sessions covered topics including the contracting of outside investigators, how out of competition testing would be conducted and the current status of agreements with state racing commissions, which could directly affect the role played by members who serve on the frontlines at their respective tracks.
Besides the HIWU session, ORI examined a number of issues earlier in the day from ethics, the media, barn surveillance, proper licensing and employee retention. Participants came away from Tucson with a greater understanding of a myriad of best practices that they can immediately implement in their respective jurisdictions.
“This year’s ORI meeting was our best yet,” said Chairman Juan Carlos Estrada of the Arizona Department of Gaming. “Not only because of the camaraderie, but we heard from some excellent speakers that gave our membership the opportunity to add to their skills, so we are already looking forward to next year.”
The 28th ORI Conference will be hosted by Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania with dates forthcoming.