SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York State Racing and Wagering Board says there will be enhanced security protocols for horses at this year's Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Enhanced security protocols for the $1 million stakes races on August 25th require horses participating in the race must be on the grounds August 22nd; horses will be have out-of-competition blood testing taken August 22nd; horses will stay in their trainers' current barns/stalls, which will be monitored at all times by additional security personnel; and a full daily veterinarian's record of all medications and treatments given to horses from noon August 22nd until the race is run will be provided to the Racing and Wagering Board.
"The Travers Stakes is the highest profile race of the world-class Saratoga meet and will be conducted with integrity and high standards for equine safety," Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini said.
The Racing and Wagering Board says they will post these records on its website each day.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will cover costs associated with these protocols, with the exception of out-of-competition testing.