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Saratoga: Travers entrants face scrutiny, out-of-competition testing
By Matt Hegarty
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Horses entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga will be required to be on the grounds of the track Wednesday and will be subject to additional scrutiny and security protocols, New York’s racing regulators and Saratoga’s operator, the New York Racing Association, announced Monday.
Under the measures, which also were in place for last year’s Travers, regulators will take blood and urine samples from the horses Wednesday to test the samples for drugs that are prohibited under New York’s out-of-competition testing rules. Those rules ban classes of drugs that are difficult to detect in postrace samples, including blood-doping drugs, gene-doping agents, and “any other protein and peptide-based agents,” including toxins and venoms.
The measures will require trainers to provide veterinary records for all treatments given to their horses from noon Wednesday until the day of the race. The records will be published on the website of the New York State Gaming Commission, which regulates racing in the state.
In addition, all of the horses entered in the Travers will be monitored 24 hours a day from Wednesday until the time of the race. If a horse is already stabled on the grounds, the horse will be allowed to remain in its present stall, but all feed and equipment delivered to the stall will be subject to inspection by security personnel, and all visitors to the horse’s stall must be logged in.
Also under the protocols, all Travers horses will have blood samples taken one hour before the race to assess total carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Testing of carbon dioxide in blood is used to determine whether a horse has been subjected to treatments designed to delay the onset of muscle fatigue. Purposefully manipulating the levels is illegal.
New York regulators and NYRA first cooperated on heightened security measures for the 2012 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Since then, the 2012 Travers and the 2013 Belmont Stakes also were targeted for additional security measures, largely along the same lines as the protocols announced for this year’s Travers.
No horse has tested positive for any illegal substance as a result of the out-of-competition tests put in place for the races.
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Best to assume the system's design had intent. This was to prevent doping of any kind, not to catch dopers. Have to assume that it would be suicide for a high profile trainer to risk anything here. best to assume all connections involved are comfortable with even playing field...ahem, just 16,000 races to go.
Why would anyone be against the most complete testing process possible ? There is a great deal of $money at stake. Not to mention careers, championships, integrity at stake. I think we should all be behind all measures which create or promote a fair regulated race/sporting event. Anytime money/gambling is present you cant use the HONOR SYSTEM!!
these protocols are more like what was done for the KY derby this year than what was done for the belmont. for the travers, the horses will be monitored 24 hours a day; for the belmont, there was only a 24 hour "point person" trainers had to contact if they needed to change the drugs that they indicated would be supplied between june 5-june 8. urine samples will also be taken 3 days out--unlike the belmont which just tested the blood 3 days out. this is probably the most important difference--logging is pretty useless if no one is actually watching to make sure those entered were actually logged. traces of drugs are often detecable longer in urine than in blood. it also can detect substances used to mask EPO. only orb and giant finish received no legal medications at during all 3 days before the belmont--ever other horse received medications on those 3 days before the race...
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All for out-of-competition testing. And dead-set-against disturbing the preparation of a horse. How are handicappers supposed to factor in how the changed preparation affects each horse? I see no mention of a separate barn this time, so it looks like the complaints did not fall on deaf ears.
For years in NY and East coast racing it was a combination of STEROIDS AND STIMULANTS. When horses starting entering the track and one of them looks like a MONSTER ready to explode with all the signs a 5 yr.old could see and the others look asleep. It doesn't take a doctor to realize theres a narcotic influence. Then for confirmation the horse would DUEL run FAST FRACTIONS and still have plenty to come home.
If there is no medication/drug use manipulation then some of these current day trainers are the greatest HORSEMEN in the history of racing. I don't think many believe that even PEERS find it difficult to understand some of the barns/stables win percentages
do they actually expect any horse to ever test positive when they make sure to give everyone detailed information of exactly how and when they will test? at best, they might discourage some trainers from running a horse in the race. at worst, they just give them the information they need to be able to avoid getting caught. i don't think anyone is under the illusion that this brings even an ounce of integrity to NY racing. just an attempt at getting good press. most drug cheats in sports are caught when there is an element of surprise....not when they are given a roadmap to avoiding detection.
I heard rumors that A-Rod was spotted walking around the stalls on Sunday. Maybe that is the reason for the tightened security.
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