04/02/2012 12:59PM

Woodbine: NTRA renews safety approval

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Woodbine has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance, the alliance announced on Monday.

The re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the facility, including prerace examination procedures and participation in programs for retired racehorses.

Racetracks must meet requirements developed by the alliance in order to be accredited, in areas including the presence of safety equipment, the establishment of specific drug-testing and pre-race protocols, and participation in industry projects to collect data on injuries.

Woodbine received its initial Alliance accreditation in March 2010. All accreditations and re-accreditations are for two-year periods.

Woodbine is the 14th alliance-accredited racetrack to earn re-accreditation, joining Aqueduct, Arlington, Belmont, Hollywood, Calder, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Fair Grounds, Keeneland, Pimlico, Santa Anita, Saratoga, Turfway.

Participation is voluntary and the alliance is funded by the industry.

Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Here's an example of 'slicing and dicing the data', by only considering fatalities to be those that take place during a race...not back at the barn, the next day or in training. For what its worth..5 horses have already been put down this Spring, and the season doesn't begin until next Friday!
walesfoodmusic More than 1 year ago
This is kind of like deleting food and gas from the cost of living index and announcing that there is no inflation.Perhaps the training fraternity on the backside of Woodbine is frightened to speak out about catastrophic breakdowns for fear they will lose their stall allotments ?