The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Oct. 2 that Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.

Keeneland is a National Historic Landmark and has served as a model of the best in Thoroughbred racing since its inception in 1936. The 20-day 2015 Fall Meet kicked off Oct. 2 and continues through the track’s initial hosting of the two-day, $24.5 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct. 30-31.

Keeneland’s reaccreditation was the culmination of a lengthy process that began with the track’s completion of a 48-page written application and continued as the track hosted several meetings with alliance officials. An on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing operations. Interviews were conducted with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, veterinarians, stewards, and regulators. The inspection team was comprised of Ron Jensen, DVM, former equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board; Mike Kilpack, security and integrity consultant and past chairman of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators; Steve Koch, executive director of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance; and Richard Lewis, former trainer, Northern California racing executive and California Horse Racing Board safety steward.

Alliance certification standards address an extensive list of safety and integrity concerns within six broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; uniform medication, testing and penalties; safety