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New York State Gaming Commission and NYRA Issue Enhanced Security Protocols for Horses Participating in the September 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational

By NYRA Press Office | 09/20/2013 12:52 PM ET
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The New York State Gaming Commission and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced enhanced security measures for horses competing in the September 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational.

Horses competing in the $1 million purse race will be subject to early out-of-competition blood testing for banned substances and will be required to be on Belmont Park's grounds by September 25. In addition, horses will be subject to 24 hour monitoring at their trainers' own barns and stalls on the grounds. The Gaming Commission is also requiring the submission of veterinary records for participating horses for three days leading up to the race, which will be published on the Commission's Web site starting September 25.

"The Jockey Club Gold Cup will be conducted with protocols that provide a safe environment for horses and riders." said Robert Williams, Acting Executive Director of the New York State Gaming Commission. "These measures, used in other high-stakes races in New York, have proved successful and demonstrate New York's continued commitment to racing integrity, safety and transparency."

"These steps will help ensure that Belmont Park's richest and most prestigious race of the fall meet is conducted in the safest and fairest manner possible," said Chris Kay, CEO and President of The New York Racing Association, Inc. "We thank the New York State Gaming Commission for its assistance in establishing these important protocols on behalf of our horsemen and fans."

The Gaming Commission has mandated the following protocols and steps for the horses participating in the September 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational:

  • The Gaming Commission will take out-of-competition blood samples of horses competing in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational and send them to the New York State's Equine Drug Testing Program at SUNY Morrisville for immediate testing. Preliminary results of the testing are expected to be complete prior to the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational.
  • Horses participating in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational must be on the Belmont Park grounds by noon on Wednesday, September 25. Any exceptions will be at the discretion of the Stewards.
  • Horses will stay in their trainers' current barns and stalls at Belmont, which will be monitored at all times by additional security personnel.
  • Security personnel will monitor all treatments performed by veterinarians and examine all paraphernalia. All containers for medications administered will be retained by the Commission for possible testing.
  • A full daily veterinarian's record of all medications and treatments given to horses from noon September 25 until the race is run will be provided to the Commission. Any changes to treatment must be disclosed to the Commission. If medications and treatment records are not provided to the Commission in a timely manner and prior to treatment, veterinarians will not be permitted to treat the horse until the issue is resolved. The Commission will post these records on its Web site each day leading up to the race.
  • Entry-exit logs will be maintained by additional security from NYRA and the Commission. All persons - including veterinarians, trainers, assistant trainers, farriers, owners or other connections - on entering the stall, or engaging in contact with the horse or performing any service for the horse must have a valid Commission license on their person. Such persons will be logged in by security personnel with the reason for their visit. Routine stall and horse maintenance by identified grooms and staff will be monitored but will be exempt from logging in.
  • All equipment, feed, hay bales, etc. are subject to administrative searches and checks.
  • As is current policy, Lasix administration will take place in the horses' own stalls by a NYRA veterinarian. Syringes will be preserved by the Commission for possible testing.
  • On September 28, no veterinarians will treat horses without first making an appointment with Commission investigators.
  • The Commission, in conjunction with NYRA, will appoint a single, 24-hour point person each day for trainers and connections to contact in case of an emergency.
  • On September 28, no treatment will be permitted unless it is for an emergency or as approved by the Stewards.
  • On September 28, horses participating in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational will be required to be in the Assembly barn between 45 minutes to 1 hour before post time for TC02 testing. They will then be escorted with security to the paddock.
  • Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational participants will receive priority for paddock schooling with security present.

 

The Commission and NYRA will provide educational materials on the protocols to horsepersons, connections, veterinarians, security and all appropriate parties prior to and on Wednesday, September 25 at Belmont Park.

About the New York Racing Association, Inc.
Created more than 50 years ago so that New York State could share in the boom in racing that followed World War II, The New York Racing Association, Inc., holds the exclusive right to conduct racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga until 2033. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state's Thoroughbred business, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State's urban, suburban and rural economy. NYRA's Mission is "Meeting the highest standards in Thoroughbred racing and equine safety."

About the New York State Gaming Commission
The New York State Gaming Commission regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery terminal facilities at race tracks, the state lottery and charitable gaming.

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