Racing Officials Accreditation Program
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Duties and Responsibilities of Racing Officials on DVD
This is an informational video that gives an overview of the responsibilities and duties of all racing officials. Gain insight into the fundamentals of the day-to-day operations that racing officials are accountable for.Various racing officials are interviewed first hand, including paddock judges, placing judges, starters, clerk of scales and horse identifiers. Learn from professionals what it takes to be part of a team that is responsible for upholding the integrity of horse racing.
Price: $15 (plus 6% sales tax for Kentucky residents).



Racing Officials Resource Guide 3rd Edition, 306 pp. Lexington, Kentucky, 2011.
The Guide contains insightful observations from some of racing's most knowledgeable and respected individuals. Not only should it be required reading for every racing official, it also would appeal to any serious student of the sport. The resource guide was commissioned by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) for use in conjunction with accreditation courses and is a source for those who want to learn more about officiating horse racing. This edition includes the following exclusive features:

  • What is a Steward or Judge?
  • Basics for Steward Hearings; Informal Hearings and Formal Hearings
  • When Something Happens; Steps to take in an inquiry or objection, when the weather turns bad, when the wrong horse races.
  • Medication Testing; Basic principles, trainer responsibility rules, chain of custody, split sample.
  • And much more.
Price: $30.00 (plus 6% sales tax for Kentucky residents).

CLICK HERE to order the ROAP Resource Guide and/or ROAP Duties and Responsibilities DVD



Additional Reading Materials are below:

-- Third International Symposium on Equine Medication Control, ed. T. Tobin, J. Blake, W.E. Woods. 522 pp. Lexington, Kentucky, 1979.

-- Drugs and the Performance Horse, by Thomas Tobin. Foreword by HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh. 480 pp., Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1981.

-- Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians, ed. T. Tobin, J. Blake, M. Potter, and T. Wood. 516 pp. Louisville, Kentucky, 1988.

-- Equine Drugs and Vaccines: A Guide for Owners and Trainers, Eleanor Kellon with Thomas Tobin. 336 pp., Breakthrough Press, 1994.

-- Proceedings of the Workshop on Testing for Therapeutic Medications, Environmental and Dietary Substances in Racing Horse. 218 pages, 1995.

-- Furosemide in the Horse: Its Actions, Effects, and Regulatory Control. Proceedings of a Testing Integrity Program Workshop and Seminar, 124 pages, Wind Publications, 2000.

-- The Use of Antibiotics: A Clinical Review of Antibacterial, Antifungal and Antiviral Drugs by A. Kucers, et al

-- 2005 Physicians' Desk Reference The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs : Sixth Edition

-- Physicians Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements 2005 (Physicians' Desk Reference (Pdr) for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements)

-- A Legal Research Guide to American Thoroughbred Racing Law for Scholars, Practitioners and Participants by Joan S. Howland and Michael J. Hannon