NYRA assured racing surfaces are protected

NYRA says racing surfaces are protected – and is asking for an investigation – after two extra horses died on the Saratoga Race Course this weekend.

Seven horses have suffered catastrophic accidents throughout racing this meet. One other died immediately throughout a race as a consequence of a cardiovascular occasion. And 4 horses have sustained deadly accidents throughout morning coaching.

NYRA says greater than 99% of horses who’ve raced or educated, have completed safely.

NYRA’s President David O’Rourke mentioned he needs an advisory group to look into the situation of all three racing surfaces at Saratoga.

The requires the investigation comes days after they vowed to take new steps to enhance security – together with necessities for extra well being checks on horses earlier than races and exercises.

There have additionally been calls to droop racing at Saratoga this summer time.

PETA has been an outspoken opponent of the monitor.

Pat McKenna with NYRA launched this assertion:

“Sunday’s reside racing program proceeded as scheduled following a sequence of productive conferences held with horsemen, jockeys, and veterinarians all through Saturday night time and Sunday morning. Based mostly on these conversations and ensuing dialogue, NYRA is assured within the security and general consistency of the racing surfaces. Jockeys and trainers have universally expressed help for the security of the amenities at Saratoga Race Course.

“NYRA is constant to analyze these catastrophic accidents with HISA officers, the New York State Gaming Fee, and the New York State Equine Medical Director and can proceed to with HISA’s Observe Floor Advisory Group to additional make sure the racing surfaces are constant all through.

“Whereas all these accidents are all the time regarding, NYRA has made significant and sustained progress decreasing the frequency of great accidents during the last ten years and can solely increase these efforts shifting ahead.”

NYRA additionally launched this info:

  • Seven horses have sustained catastrophic accidents throughout racing on the 2023 summer time meet at Saratoga Race Course.
  • As well as, one horse (Burning Vivid) died immediately throughout the operating of a race as a consequence of a serious cardiovascular occasion.
  • Saratoga opened for coaching on April 15. To this point, 8,693 horses have participated in a excessive velocity, timed exercise.
  • 4 horses have sustained deadly accidents throughout morning coaching. 
  • Two horses have died from causes not associated to coaching or racing in 2023. 

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