The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) will continue standing security protocols for horses racing in Grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more. The protocols continue with the April 9 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, in Ozone Park, New York.

In addition to fostering transparency and accountability in high-profile races, the measures bring consistency and clarity to ensure compliance among horsepersons and veterinarians that travel to New York from across the world to compete.

“These protocols have been in place in New York State for several years and have proven to be effective in ensuring integrity for New York’s premiere racing events,” said NYSGC Executive Director Robert Williams. “The measures continue to bring unparalleled transparency to the sport and instill confidence of a level playing field for the horse, the rider, the connections and the public.”

Christopher Kay, NYRA president and chief executive officer, added, "The New York Racing Association appreciates the assistance of the New York State Gaming Commission in establishing these protocols. We remain committed to ensuring our races are conducted in the safest and most transparent manner for the horses, the horsemen, and our guests.”

The NYSGC and NYRA employ two similar sets of security protocols (Group A and Group B) for the 11 Grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more at NYRA tracks taking place in 2016.

Horses running in the Belmont Stakes, the Whitney, and the Travers Stakes will be subject to Group A protocols, which include continuous 72-hour “dedicated watch