03/24/2015 3:04PM

Horses in 11 Grade 1 races at NYRA tracks to face enhanced security


Horses competing in the 11 Grade 1 races that carry purses of $1 million or more at New York Racing Association tracks will be subject to enhanced security measures, it was announced Tuesday afternoon in a joint press release issued by NYRA and the New York Gaming Commission.

There are two sets of similar protocols for the 11 races, three that fall into Group A and eight that are in Group B.

Horses running in the Belmont Stakes, Whitney, and Travers all will be subject to Group A protocols, which include “dedicated watch” by experienced security personnel for the 72 hours leading to post time. During that time, one guard will be stationed to watch each horse in those races.

Horses running in the Wood Memorial, the Ogden Phipps, the Metropolitan Handicap, the Manhattan Stakes, the Sword Dancer, the Belmont Oaks, the Belmont Derby, and The Jockey Club Gold Cup will be subject to Group B protocols, which include “intensified watch” by a team of six to eight experienced security personnel conducting mobile surveillance and direct horse checks at least three times per shift from 72 to 30 hours prior to their race. There will be a continued “dedicated watch” taking place for the final 30 hours before post time, the release said.

Horses in all 11 races must be on the grounds of the host track 72 hours prior to post time, with exceptions at the discretion of the stewards. For applicable races at either Belmont or Aqueduct, horses may be stabled at either facility to be considered on NYRA grounds.

Horses in those 11 races will be subject to out-of-competition testing.

Full veterinary records must be made available for treatments administered up to 72 hours before the race. The commission will post those records on its website each day.