03/11/2016 9:26PM

Santa Anita reaccredited by NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance


ARCADIA, Calif. – Santa Anita has been reaccredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance for outstanding standards related to a variety of policies ranging from safety and security for horses to wagering security.

The reaccreditation process was completed recently by a team of active and former racing executives and a veterinarian who met with Santa Anita officials and conducted an inspection of the racetrack. The executives conducted interviews with track and racing officials as well as a wide range of participants, including jockeys, trainers, and owners. Santa Anita also completed a written application, according to a statement released by the NTRA.

The inspection team focused on six categories – injury reporting and prevention, the presence of a safe racing environment, programs for retired racehorses, medication policies and testing, safety research, and wagering security.

The track has been accredited by the program since its inception in 2009. The accreditation is valid for two years. Santa Anita is one of 23 racetracks in the nation that have received that designation.

The four leading racetracks in California – including Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields, and Los Alamitos – have accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.