HISA Proclaims Two Added Security Precautions at Saratoga

The Horseracing Integrity and Security Authority introduced Aug. 29 the implementation of two extra security precautions that can be in place for the rest of the meet at Saratoga Race Course, which ends Sept. 4. 

HISA rule 2142(a)* requires all horses operating underneath HISA’s jurisdiction to bear post-entry screening. This assessment happens between the time the entry is taken and the time the regulatory veterinarians carry out their in-person bodily inspections on race day. This operate is mostly carried out by native regulatory veterinarians. By the rest of Saratoga’s meet, a HISA veterinarian will carry out these post-entry screenings to supply a further layer of impartial evaluation to establish any horses which may be at elevated threat of damage earlier than a race. 

Members of HISA’s newly shaped Observe Floor Advisory Group are actually on-site at Saratoga to totally assessment each the filth and turf surfaces earlier than reside racing is scheduled to renew Aug. 30. The Observe Floor Advisory Group is comprised of seven consultants in a broad vary of things that contribute to filth, turf, and artificial floor consistency. Along with on-site inspections, the Advisory Group will look at historic and pre-meet inspection information compiled by the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory.

These steps are being taken to mitigate the extra threat of equine damage within the brief time period as HISA continues to work with the New York Racing Affiliation and the New York State Gaming Fee to totally assessment the circumstances surrounding current equine fatalities at Saratoga.

Shortly after HISA precautions have been introduced, NYRA launched a press release, with Pat McKenna, NYRA vice chairman of communications, saying, “The well being and security of horses and jockeys competing at NYRA tracks is our highest precedence and one which stands above all different issues.”


“NYRA is strongly supportive of the work HISA is doing right here in New York State and all through the nation to reinforce security and defend the integrity of the game,” he added. “NYRA welcomes extra veterinary scrutiny of horses at Saratoga Race Course and we’re working carefully with HISA’s Observe Floor Advisory Group to make sure we’re offering the most secure doable surroundings for racing and coaching at Saratoga.”

NYRA offered the next background on its procedures:

  • The primary filth monitor and each turf programs are inspected earlier than, throughout, and after every race day. Information and soil samples are then shared with impartial engineers, who consider the situation and consistency of every floor. Our assessment has discovered all three racing surfaces to be constant all through with no anomalies.
  • Each horse entered to compete at Saratoga is required to bear an intensive pre-race veterinary examination earlier than the horse is permitted to race. Along with bodily inspection and statement, regulatory veterinarians carry out an in depth assessment of every horse’s medical data, previous performances and exercises.
  • Starting Aug. 30, NYRA will add a further layer of scrutiny by requiring the non-public attending veterinarian to carry out a bodily examination and attest that the horse is sound and match to race. This examination is a situation of entry that have to be carried out by the non-public attending veterinarian inside a 72-hour window previous to entries being accepted for any given race.

This press launch has been edited for content material and magnificence by BloodHorse Workers.

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