Enhanced Security Protocols for 2017 Belmont Stakes Entries

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In addition to the standing security protocols for horses racing in Grade I races with purses of $1 million or more, the New York State Equine Medical Director and the stewards will be made available to the media to address any incidents that might occur during races on June 10, Belmont Stakes Day.

New York State Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer, VMD, Dipl. ABVP, will be available to speak to the media in the event of any on-track incidents during any of the races on June 10. Should an on-track incident occur involving a racehorse, Palmer will be available soon after any incident for media briefing in his office, located immediately adjacent to the press elevator in the basement of the grandstand.

At the conclusion of the day’s races, Palmer and the stewards will be available in the Belmont Film Theater (after the post-Belmont Stakes winner’s connections press conference) to address questions from the media regarding incidents, inquiries, objections, or rulings that occur during any of the day’s races. New York Thoroughbred races are observed by three stewards: one employed by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC), one employed by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), and one employed by The Jockey Club.

Additionally, horses running in the Belmont Stakes are subject to continuous 72-hour “dedicated watch” by experienced security personnel leading to post-time. During a “dedicated watch,” one guard is stationed full-time for every horse programmed

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