NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Reaccredits Del Mar

The California racetrack will host the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 3-4.
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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Oct. 30 that the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, host site for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Del Mar’s 2017 Bing Crosby Meet opens Nov. 1 and continues through Nov. 26. It is highlighted by the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a two-day global event consisting of 13 Grade 1 Thoroughbred races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million.

Del Mar’s reaccreditation was the culmination of a process that began with the track’s completion of an extensive 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 included racetrack operations consultant Jim Gates, the former general manager of Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky; veterinary and regulatory consultant Ron Jensen, DVM, the former equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board; security and integrity consultant Mike Kilpack, past-chairman of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators; Steve Koch, NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance executive director; and veterinary and regulatory consultant Greg Taylor, DVM, official veterinarian at Woodbine, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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