04/27/2005 11:00PM

NYRA details security barn plans


The New York Racing Association plans to use a new race-day security barn at all three of its racetracks - Belmont, Saratoga, and Aqueduct - beginning with the opening of the Belmont meet on May 4, the association announced Thursday in a release detailing how the barns will work.

Trainers will be required to send their horses to the barns at least six hours before post time, with access to the horses limited to the trainer, stable employees, and veterinarians employed by NYRA. The NYRA veterinarians will be the only persons allowed to administer Lasix, an anti-bleeding medication.

Belmont will be the first Thoroughbred racetrack in the U.S. to require horses to be sent to security barns before a race. Officials at several other racetracks, including Keeneland and Churchill Downs, have said they plan to monitor NYRA's use of the barns for possible implementation.