Remington Park, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has adopted a policy that denies stall space to anyone who sells retired racehorses for slaughter.
Vice-President of Operations Matt Vance said that Remington Park policy permanently revokes the stalls of trainers or owners found to have sold a horse for slaughter or to known kill-buyers. The policy also requires owners to carry out due diligence when purchasing horses and urges owners and trainers to support off-the-track Thoroughbred rescue and adoption, Vance said.
The policy reflects humane efforts already in place at the track, he said.
“We currently sponsor three retired Thoroughbreds at the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement program,” Vance said.
The race course also financially supports the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, he said.
Remington Park is the latest track to adopt policies that oppose the sale of retired racehorses for processing. In recent years, Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, Penn National and the New York Racing Association have adopted similar policies.