USTA districts 2A and 2B held annual meeting Saturday

Northville, MI – USTA District 2A and 2B—Michigan and Indiana—held their annual meeting on Saturday (Oct. 12) at Northville Downs. The meeting was chaired by director Marilyn Breuer-Bertera, from Michigan, who was joined by fellow Michigan directors Mike Sweeney and Steve Oldford; Sam Hedington, Indiana director; and other District 2 members.

Attendees were presented a brief USTA 2019 USTA Activities Review handout and discussed topics specific to the district. The 2019 rule change proposals submitted by members, directors, and USTA staff, were considered in preparation for a vote by the full board at Annual Board of Directors meeting in Columbus next March. The complete text of the 23 rule change proposals may be viewed here.

District 2 accepted eight of the rule change proposals, rejected 14, and tabled one for further discussion at the annual meeting. A summary of the voting on Rule Change Proposals at the district meeting is as follows:

Proposal #1 (Elimination of heat racing) REJECT
Proposal #2 (Extended pari-mutuel meets) ACCEPT
Proposal #3 (Prohibit gene doping) ACCEPT
Proposal #4 (Pylon requirements) REJECT
Proposal #5 (Extended saddle pads) REJECT
Proposal #6 (Racetrack maintenance) TABLE
Proposal #7 (Jail period for claimed horses) REJECT
Proposal #8 (Interfered horses purse money) REJECT
Proposal #9 (Weighted post position draw) REJECT
Proposal #10 (Distinguishable starting point) REJECT
Proposal #11 (Post-July 1 qualifiers) ACCEPT
Proposal #12 (Standards for fair start pole) REJECT
Proposal #13 (Amateur driver eligibility) REJECT
Proposal #14 (Amateur driver eligibility) ACCEPT
Proposal #15 (Trainer’s license minimums) REJECT
Proposal #16 (Driving colors – “P” license) ACCEPT
Proposal #17 (Whip regulations) REJECT
Proposal #18 (Sex change reporting requirement) ACCEPT
Proposal #19 (Remeasure track circumferences) REJECT
Proposal #20 (Recording ownership percentage) REJECT
Proposal #21 (Multiple embryo transfers/year) REJECT
Proposal #22 (Definition of Standardbred) ACCEPT
Proposal #23 (Non-Standardbred definition) ACCEPT


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