07/27/2009 11:00PM

Monmouth gets safety approval


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance has added Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., to its list of fully accredited racetracks, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Monmouth received its accreditation after filing a written application, meeting with alliance officials, and having an on-site inspection, the alliance said. To be accredited through the voluntary program, tracks must comply with requirements issued by the alliance in a variety of areas considered to be important to safety.

Monmouth is the sixth racetrack to be fully accredited by the alliance, which was formed last year to address public-perception concerns about horse racing's safety practices. The other tracks are Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Belmont Park, Delaware Park, and Hollywood Park.