The New York State
Racing and Wagering Board today announced a series of enhanced security
protocols for horses participating in the August 25 Travers Stakes at Saratoga
Stakes is the highest profile race of the world-class Saratoga meet and will be
conducted with integrity and high standards for equine safety,” Racing
and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini said. “These protocols, which
will help ensure that horses are kept safe and secure prior to the race, were
put in place in consultation with equine safety experts, prominent trainers and
The following protocols
will be in place for the August 25, 2012 Travers Stakes, which features a $1
Horses participating in
the Travers Stakes must be on the grounds August 22.
Horses will be have
out-of-competition blood testing taken August 22.
Horses will stay in
their trainers’ current barns/stalls, which will be monitored at all
times by additional security personnel.
A full daily
veterinarian’s record of all medications and treatments given to horses
from noon August 22 until the race is run will be provided to the Racing and
Wagering Board. The Racing and Wagering Board will post these records on its
Web site each day.
The New York Racing
Association, Inc. (NYRA) will cover costs associated with these protocols, with
the exception of out-of-competition testing.
John F. Wayne, Executive
Director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, who has more than 40
years experience in horse racing, including as a Thoroughbred Racing Protective
Bureau (TRPB) Agent and Director of Security for both Churchill Downs and Santa
Anita, said, “The measures put forth by the New York State Racing and
Wagering Board are common-sense protocols that will ensure that the Travers
Stakes is run in a fair and safe manner. I applaud the Racing and Wagering
Board for employing these steps, which are in line with the best practices of
protecting race horses and the betting public.”
In May, the Board issued
similar measures prior to the June 9 Belmont Stakes, which also featured a $1
million purse. Given the initial possibility of a Triple Crown winner, the race
was subject to international scrutiny.
Unlike the Belmont
Stakes, there will not be a specific Stakes Barn for the Travers Stakes and all
efforts will be made to keep horses in barns they’re accustomed to.