NYSGC Announces Jockey Club Gold Cup Protocols

The New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director and the three commissioners will be made available to the media to address any incidents occurring during the September 3, 2022 races at Saratoga Racetrack. At the end of the day’s races, Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer, VMD, and the three stewards—Braulio Baeza, Jr. (Commission), Dr. Jennifer Durenberger (The Jockey Club), and Brook Hawkins (NYRA)— will be in the stewards’ box adjacent to the press box to answer questions regarding incidents, inquiries, objections or decisions that have arisen during any of the day’s races.

Additionally, Dr. Palmer will be available to speak to the media in the event of on-track incidents related to equine health that occur during the day. American Association of Equine Practitioners on-call veterinarian Dr. Luis Castro will provide media support for FOX network coverage of the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Security protocols for the Jockey Club Gold Cup:

Horses participating in the Jockey Club Gold Cup are subject to continuous 72 hour “dedicated surveillance” by experienced security personnel leading up to the time of departure. During a “dedicated shift”, a guard is posted full time for each horse scheduled.

All guards employed for these protocols are experienced NYRA security personnel and race investigators, who receive ongoing training from the Race Investigators Organization.

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For all Jockey Club Gold Cup horses:

Horses must be on the Saratoga Racetrack grounds no later than 72 hours prior to scheduled tee time. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Stewards.

The Commission will obtain out-of-competition blood samples from horses participating in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and have the samples tested at the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College.

The Commission coordinated with other jurisdictions to obtain out-of-competition samples from horses not housed in New York.

Once arrived, horses must remain at Saratoga Racetrack until after the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Exceptions will only be granted in the event of an unforeseeable emergency, as determined by dedicated shift security in consultation with veterinarians and stewards.

Horses must reside in the current stables of their trainers and/or in boxes in the field, which are subject to the supervision of security personnel.

No horse entered in the Jockey Club Gold Cup may be attended to within 72 hours of the race without the presence of Commission security personnel. NYRA or Commission security personnel will monitor all treatments performed by veterinarians.

No administration of medication or substance by dosing syringe is authorized within 24 hours of a race.
All syringes and containers for the drugs administered will be kept by Commission staff for possible analyses.

Veterinarians must submit a 72-hour treatment plan for each horse entered in the Jockey Club Gold Cup by noon on August 31, 2022.

Complete veterinary records for the 72 hours preceding the Jockey Club Gold Cup must be submitted to the Commission, which will review and then publicly post the records on its website.

Entry and exit logs will be kept by NYRA and Commission security personnel.

All persons – including veterinarians, trainers, assistant trainers, farriers, owners or other relations – entering the box, coming into contact with the horse or performing 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.

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 Jockey Club Gold Cup must report to the Assembly Barn at least 45 minutes prior to the designated tee time.

On race day, blood samples for TCO2 analysis will be taken from the horses in the mounting stable between 45 minutes and 1 hour before the start time. The horses will then be escorted to the paddock.

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