New York State Gaming Commission enhanced security

POSTED ON  |  10-10-2018

Dr Scott Palmer
The New York State Gaming Commission announced today the implementation of enhanced security and drug testing protocols for the International Trot. These protocols will require out of competition testing of all horses. In addition to enhanced security measures, the protocols require out of competition testing of all horses participating. The process will be coordinated and supervised by Dr. Scott E. Palmer, the Gaming Commission's Equine Medical Director and Daniel Haughney, the Gaming Commission's Director of Investigations.

The protocols will provide additional safeguards to protect the integrity of the sport and the welfare of the horses. In 2015 the Commission implemented the security and drug testing measures for Thoroughbred Grade 1 races with purses of at least $1 million. In addition to fostering transparency and accountability in high-profile races, the measures ensure compliance among horsepersons and veterinarians who travel to New York from across the world to compete.

The security protocols in effect for the Yonkers International Trot include the following:
Horses racing in the Yonkers International Trot must be on the grounds by 1 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018. The horses will be subject to a continuous 24-hour dedicated watch by security personnel leading to post time. During a dedicated watch, a security guard or Gaming Commission investigator will keep the horses under constant surveillance. Anyone (i.e., veterinarians) entering a stall or otherwise having physical contact with a horse under watch will be directly observed by an investigator.

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