Keeneland Reaccredited by NTRA Safety, Integrity Alliance

POSTED ON  |  07-10-2017

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Oct. 10 that Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Keeneland, established in 1936, is a National Historic Landmark. The 17-day 2017 fall meet kicks off Friday and continues Wednesdays to Sundays through Oct. 28. Fall Stars Weekend, this Friday to Sunday, features key prep races for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and the entire fall meet features 17 stakes worth $5.325 million.

Keeneland’s reaccreditation was the culmination of a lengthy process that began with the track’s completion of a written application and continued as the track hosted several meetings with alliance officials. An on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing operations. Interviews were conducted with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, veterinarians, stewards, and regulators.

The inspection team included Jim Cain, security and integrity consultant and former chief of enforcement for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission; Ron Jensen, DVM, veterinary and regulatory consultant and former equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board; Jim Gates, racetrack operations consultant and former general manager of Churchill Downs; and Steve Koch, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Alliance certification standards address an extensive list of safety and integrity concerns within six broad areas: injury reporting and prevention, creating a safer racing environment, uniform medication and testing, jockey health and welfare, aftercare and transition of retired racehorses, and wagering security.

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