03/28/2010 11:00PM

Woodbine receives safety approval

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Woodbine Racetrack has become the 16th facility to be fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance

A review of the facility and meetings with alliance officials determined that Woodbine met the accreditation requirements, which include prerace and postrace veterinary inspections; safety equipment, training, and education; catastrophic injury procedures; out-of-competition testing protocols; and security training.

"We at Woodbine are very proud of this certification," said Steve Koch, Woodbine's vice-president of Thoroughbred racing, in a prepared release.

"Safety for horse and rider and the integrity of our product has always been a top priority at Woodbine."