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Belmont Stakes security protocols similar to last year
Horses competing in the June 8 Belmont Stakes will be subject to out-of-competition blood testing and 24-hour security beginning three days before the race, but will be allowed to remain in their own barn as part of security measures announced Tuesday by racing authorities.
Further, a veterinarian’s record of all medications and treatments given to horses from noon on June 5 – the time required for all Belmont Stakes runners to be on the grounds at Belmont Park – until the race is run must be provided to the New York State Gaming Commission, which will post these records on its web site daily leading up to the race.
The rules are similar to ones adopted for last year’s Belmont Stakes with the major difference being last year all Belmont Stakes horses were put in one barn three days before the race. Also, last year, the security protocols were not announced until May 30, 10 days before the race, and after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were won by I’ll Have Another, whose trainer Doug O’Neill was facing scrutiny over medication violations.
The New York Gaming Commission will take out-of-competition blood samples of Belmont Stakes runners on June 5. Security personnel will monitor all treatments performed by veterinarians and examine all paraphernalia.
Entry-exit logs will be maintained by additional security from NYRA and the commission.
On June 7, no veterinarians will treat horses without first making an appointment with commission investigators. On race day, no treatment other than Lasix will be permitted, unless for an emergency or approved by the stewards.
On race day, all Belmont Stakes horses will be required to be in the assembly barn 45 minutes to an hour before post time for TCO2 testing and will then be escorted with security to the paddock.
Belmont Stakes starters wishing to paddock school in the days leading up to the Belmont may do so only with security present.
“With these measures, the public will once again be reassured that New York’s horse racing is run with the utmost integrity and consciousness of safety for the horse and rider,” said Robert Williams, acting executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission. “These actions will enhance an already-even playing field, give bettors peace of mind, and underscore New York’s commitment to the best horse racing in the industry.”
As was the case last year, the security protocols are in place for only the Belmont Stakes, not the other 12 races on the card.
◗ Trainer Bob Baffert said tuesday that he would run no more than one horse in the Belmont Stakes and that he was “leaning more Code West” than Power Broker. Code West won a first-level allowance at Pimlico on Saturday, the race immediately following the Preakness. He is currently training at Churchill Downs, as is Power Broker, who won an allowance race at Churchill in his most-recent start, and worked a half-mile on the turf there on Tuesday morning in 51.80 seconds.
– additional reportingby Jay Privman
Grening today on twitter: "Belmont Stakes security protocols: NO backpacks, NO coolers, NO thermoses, NO camcorders, NO tailgating. A lot more NO-NOs".....question, why would anyone go to the track? I AM SO TIRED OF READING/HEARING ABOUT HOW WE NEED NEW FANS....LOOK AT THESE RESTRICTIONS, WHY WOULD A FAMILY OR GROUP OF FRIENDS SPEND THE DAY THERE?
To those that dont like clean racing (and i garantee you are a minority)..just bet florida and louisiana..basically anything goes there. They have very liberal drug policy there... you can handicap and speculate whether or not the horse you bet got his 24 shots of 9 different drugs.
To those that think trying to regulate and keep racing clean is an exaggeration and that we don't have a serious drug problem in horseracing in this country truth is its understated and if you don't believe it read some industry reports on the issue....and there is also a six part report called drugs in racing that was published by t.d.n. in part 3 they actually show the actual veterinary work sheet for a horse called coronado height a horse trained by tod pletcher who broke down and died. this horses career lasted just 6 weeks in his last 25 days he received 24 injections of 9 different drugs..and this was a young horse trained by a top trainer racing at a good track.not a hopeless cheap claimer at charles town...unfortunately this is more the norm than the exception...get informed before you criticize.
First of all, I'm all for out-of-competition testing, for every single race horse in the US and at any time of the year. But why is this reported as similar to last year when the controversial detention barn is out? A look back merely confirms the strong suspicion at the time. That the detention barn was especially created to 'accompany' IHA to his TC bid. While it may just be one opinion, I can't even begin to tell you how much that lowered the Belmont Stakes for me. A bunch of NY pricks that went out of their way to prevent a west coast horse from winning the TC. You know who you are. And while it will not mean anything to you, or anybody else, it means something to me to boycott the Belmont Stakes for that reason. And I would ask anybody who was similarly offended by the treatment of IHA to do the same. Boycott the Belmont!
Would it not be easier to kick out the bad actors...we all know the abuse of drugs is rampant in north american racing and that we don't have many real horsemen training mostly a bunch of administrators with a crew of alchemists behind them...but its still sad that we tolerate cheating in 12 of the 13 races on the card..the real solution to this would be real sanctions for those who break the rules and maybe some jail time for people who are multiple offenders...after all if a casino was fixing the roulette wheel or the cards were marked somebody would go to jail if caught...i sincerely hope this is not just for show.lets make sure the security people are real law enforcement types with some power and not some $8.00 an hour temps in a uniform who don't have a clue.
NYRA should implement this all year round.
It is sad that there needs to be such measures , the game should be able to police itself. Sad state when it seems to be easier to board a plane then run a horse in the triple crown races.
I am glad to read that sophisticated security policies and procedures will be in place and followed in order to insure the racing integrity of the Belmont Stakes! I wish they would implement similar security measures for all major Grade I and Grade II races in north America! The industry and the horse players need these assurances of integrity in horse racing!
Isn't it way-early to announce this?