The public was informed this week by the New York State Gaming Commission that it will be imposing expanded security measures for the two Grade 1 races on the weekend. The Whitney Stakes is one of the events that will be taking place on the NYRA’s Saratoga Race Course.
Scott E. Palmer, the commission’s equine medical director, as well as the three stewards, will be at the track. They will be available after the races to address any questions that might have arisen during the races.
There are certain protocols in place
The security protocols for the Whitney Stakes state that a horse which will participate in it must be watched by experienced security personnel for 72 hours before the race. A team of six to eight experienced security personnel with both mobile and direct monitoring must be on hand to watch the horses of the Saratoga Derby International.
The two Grade 1 events on Saturday have protocols in motion for all of the horses. All horses must be at the track no later than 72 hours before their post time. The New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College is where the regulators will take blood samples from horses competing in the races.
The horses are obligated to stay at the track until the end of their race after arriving at the track. They need to reside at their trainers barns or stalls on the premises. 24 hours before a race, no administration of any medication or substance by dose syringe is permitted. The commission will retain all the containers and needles for the medication.
The treatment plan for each horse must be submitted by noon on August 3, 2022, by the veterinarians. The records will be publicly announced on the website after being reviewed by the regulators. The entry and exit logs will be recorded by trained staff of both NYRA and the commission. The full details of the protocols can be found on the regulator’s website.
It is off to a great start
The first four days of racing at the track have seen 18% more wagers and 10% more attendance than the same period last year, according to the NYRA. In comparison to the previous year, attendance increased to 103,254 this year.
Amplify Horse Racing revealed in July that it will be educating younger generations about the importance and impact of horse racing. Special behind-the-scenes experience tours at the historic race course will be hosted by the organization. Through “Amplifying the Future of Racing,” young ones can learn about the workforce and international opportunities in the Thoroughbred sport.
BloodHorse reported on the NYSGC announcing Whitney and the Saratoga Derby Protocols.
The New York State Gambling Commission has announced that it will be increasing security for the Whitney Stakes. The Whitney Stakes is one of the events that will be taking place on the NYRA’s Saratoga Race Course.