The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) have announced enhanced, standing security protocols for horses racing in Grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more. The new protocols will begin with the April 4 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, in Ozone Park.
In addition to fostering transparency and accountability in these high-profile races, the new measures instill consistency and clarity to ensure compliance among horsepersons and veterinarians that travel to New York from across the world to compete.
“The new protocols are the most efficient and effective means by which to ensure the utmost integrity for New York’s premiere racing events,” said commission executive director Robert Williams. “They bring unparalleled transparency to the sport and instill confidence of a level playing field for the horse, the rider, the connections, and the public.”
Added NYRA CEO and President Christopher Kay, “For more than two and a half years, the New York Racing Association has implemented extensive reforms which are further preserving and enhancing the integrity of our racing operations. The new protocols developed with the New York State Gaming Commission are the next steps in this important—and continuing—transformation.”
James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. said, “The New York State Gaming Commission and the New York Racing Association, Inc. continue to set a high standard in the area of security protocols. Out of competition testing goes a long way toward ensuring a level playing field for all compe