Enhanced security, disclosure put in place for Travers runners
Horses participating in Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25 will be subject to increased disclosure of vet records, monitoring and testing.
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced on Wednesday a series of enhanced security protocols for horses participating in the $1 million race at Saratoga Race Course.
"The Travers 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 track management."
The following protocols will be in place for the Travers:
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) will cover costs associated with these protocols, with the exception of out-of-competition testing.
"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," said 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.
"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.
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