01/15/2013 4:16PM

Remington Park to begin pre-race vet exams and a new integrity policy

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Remington Park in Oklahoma City is instituting a pre-race veterinary examination program and refusing entries from horsemen currently serving suspensions for Class 1 or Class 2 drug violations in new policies to be launched with the start of its Quarter Horse meet March 8. The policies announced Tuesday will also be in place for the Thoroughbred meet at Remington, according to track spokesperson Dale Day.

“This is going to be standard policy year-round for our racing program at Remington Park,” he said.

All horses racing at Remington will be subject to prerace examinations at the discretion of stewards or the state veterinarian in a joint program with the Oklahoma Racing Commission. In addition, all horses in randomly selected overnight races will undergo prerace exams. The number of races selected each day is to be determined. Also, during the Quarter Horse meet, exams will be conducted on all futurity and derby finalists, as well as all participants in the track’s Grade 1 races.

Remington’s new integrity policy calls for the track’s racing office staff to “not knowingly accept” entries from any horsemen on suspended lists for Class 1 or Class 2 drug violations. The policy extends to unresolved positive tests, whether uncontested or not yet adjudicated but confirmed in a split sample. Such horsemen will also be denied access to the grounds at Remington.

“We are committed to ensuring that the racing programs we conduct reflect the highest standards of safety and integrity,” Scott Wells, president of Remington, said in a release. “Toward that end, any horsemen on the suspended list from either the American Quarter Horse Association or The Jockey Club will not be allotted stalls, nor allowed to participate in any way at Remington Park.”

Remington’s meet for Quarter Horses runs through June 2. The Thoroughbred meet opens Aug. 16 and runs through Dec. 15.

Joecomon Sence 6 months ago
Nothing like making it harder on the little guy. Having to be on track 2 hours before first race seems imposing on any trainers horse that has to sit in the heat of the haulin barn especially if one was lucky enough to draw the last race.. Once again the good cannot out weight the bad. I'm one to think of one rule that sticks out in my mind is The trainers responsiability. When does that pertain to entries and the vast number of variables that enter the equation of racing ones horse. How many breakdowns has it prevented. They again make it seem as though the industrys trainers are ruthless none careing individuals with winning at whatever the cost the ultimate goal.. Sure @
Tony Regalbuto More than 1 year ago
This is great for Remington Park...be nice if all tracks in the USA did the same.
Chris, Warr Acres More than 1 year ago
Under this new policy will Remington Park allow a Willy Beamin to enter a stakes this year with a ghost trainer?