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.
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.
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."
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."
Gaming Commission has mandated the following protocols and steps for
the horses participating in the September 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup
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.
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.
will stay in their trainers' current barns and stalls at Belmont,
which will be monitored at all times by additional security personnel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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