SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A lot of money will be riding on the Travers Stakes Race on Saturday and Monday, New York Racing Association announced enhanced security measures for the race.
With the Travers stakes being a pricey $1 million, NYRA officials want to make sure the mid-summer derby will be a clean and transparent race.
For starters, all horses in the race have to be at Saratoga Race Course by Wednesday and cannot leave until after Saturday. There will also be an out-of-competition blood test for illegal substances. Also, the barns will have constant security, logging every visitor and veterinary checkup.
In previous years, horses had to stay in secured stakes barns, but this year they will be able to stay in their own barns with 24-hour supervision, which seems to be a win for everyone.
"Now that they can sleep in their own beds, so to speak, so the horsemen are happy because they want the race to be fair just as much as we and the fans do," says Eric Wing, NYRA Director of Communications.
The Travers Stakes Race is Saturday, August 24.