New York State Gaming Commission and The New York
Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced enhanced security
measures for horses competing in the August 24 Travers Stakes.
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 Saratoga
Race Course grounds by August 21. 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 August 21.
“These measures demonstrate
commitment to the health and safety of the horses and riders,” said
Robert Williams, Acting Executive Director of the New York State Gaming
Commission. “The security protocols we have implemented here are
sensible steps that underscore that
New York horse racing operates with the highest integrity.”
steps will help ensure that Saratoga Race Course’s most renowned race
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
The Gaming Commission has mandated the following
protocols and steps for the horses participating in the August 24
Gaming Commission will take out-of-competition blood samples of horses
competing in the Travers Stakes on August 21 and send them to
the New York
Equine Drug Testing Program at SUNY Morrisville for immediate testing.
Preliminary results of the testing are expected to be complete prior
to the Travers Stakes.
participating in the Travers Stakes must be on the Saratoga Race Course
grounds by noon on Wednesday, August 21. Any exceptions
will be at the discretion of the Stewards.
will stay in their trainers’ current barns and stalls at Saratoga Race
Course, which will be monitored at all times by additional
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 August 21 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 August 24, 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 August 24, no treatment will be permitted unless it is for an emergency or as approved by the Stewards.
August 24, horses participating in the Travers Stakes 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
Travers Stakes 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, August 21 at Saratoga Race Course.