NYS Gaming Commission outlines Belmont security protocols

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Updated: June 6, 2022 at 11:33 a.m.

The New York State Gaming Commission has outlined the security protocols it has established for this weekend’s Belmont Stakes Festival.

Horses running in GI Belmont S. will be subject to continuous 72-hour “dedicated supervision” by experienced security personnel. A guard will be posted full-time for each Belmont S. participant. Horses racing in the GI Metropolitan H. will be under “enhanced surveillance”, with six to eight security personnel carrying out mobile surveillance and direct horse checks at least three times per shift from 72 hours to 30 hours before departure time. A dedicated watch as detailed above will be in place for the last 30 hours.

Belmont and Met horses must be in the field no later than 72 hours prior to the designated tee times for each race. The horses must remain on the ground until the end of their races.

The NYSGC will obtain out-of-competition blood and hair samples from both races and have them tested at the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College. The NYSGC has coordinated with other jurisdictions to obtain OOC samples from horses not housed in New York.

Horses registered at the Belmont or the Met cannot be cared for within 72 hours of the race unless Commission security personnel are present. All treatments performed by veterinarians will be monitored by NYRA or Commission Safety. No medicine or substance can be administered by dosing syringe within 24 hours of the races. All syringes and containers for the drugs administered will be kept by Commission staff for possible analyses.

Vets are required to submit a 72-hour treatment plan for each Belmont and Met runner by June 8 at 12 p.m. ET. Complete records for this 72-hour period must be submitted to the Commission, which will review them and post them publicly on its website.

All persons, including veterinarians, trainers, assistant trainers, farriers, owners, or other relations, who enter the stall, come into contact with the horse, or perform any service for the horse, must have a valid Commission license on their person. These people will be connected by security personnel, along with the reason for their visit. Routine maintenance of stalls and horses by identified grooms and staff will be monitored, but they are exempt from logging. Entry/exit logs will be retained by NYRA and Commission Security.

All equipment, feed, hay bales, etc. are subject to search and seizure by both NYRA and the Commission as required by law.

On race day, no treatments will be permitted for horses entered in a stakes race in accordance with NYRA policy, except in an emergency or as approved by the Stewards. All horses competing in the Belmont and the Met must report to the Assembly Barn at least 45 minutes prior to the designated start time. On race day, blood samples for TCO2 analysis will be taken from the horses in the mounting stable between 45 minutes and one hour before the start time. The horses will then be escorted to the paddock.

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Aurora J. William