The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission’s executive director, Tom Sage, has been appointed the repeat chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). Sage first served as chairman in 2020. The ARCI chairs generally serve one-year terms, but Sage was awarded a subsequent term due to the effects of COVID-19 on the industry. The current outgoing ARCI chair is Louisiana Racing Commission executive director Charles Gardiner III.
The new chair-elect is Doug Moore, who was appointed to the Washington Horse Racing Commission’s board after retiring as its executive director. Anthony Salerno of the Pennsylvania Racing Commission was named treasurer.
In his address, Sage said: “Our U.S. members face enormous problems caused by the uncertainty of the implementation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act [HISA] and its programs… There’s an expectation in some parts of the industry that all regulatory turmoil and new costs will result in fewer breakdowns, fewer equine deaths, and apprehend more criminals. We’ll see. We call it like it is, realizing not everyone will like what we say. To us, integrity counts more than narrative. Our agenda remains simple: To do the right thing.”
ARCI is the umbrella organization representing governmental regulators of horse and greyhound racing.