Thursday, February 21, 2013
Sunland Park Racetrack has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the southern New Mexico track, which received its initial accreditation in December 2010. All accreditations and re-accreditations carry an effective period of two years.
“"I’m pleased that Sunland Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance," said Sunland Park general manager Harold Payne. "Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our human and equine participants and the integrity of our racing product. I congratulate the many employees here who worked diligently to achieve this recognition."
The re-accreditation of Sunland Park marked the end of a certification process that began with the track's completion of a 48-page written application, and it continued as Sunland hosted several meetings with Alliance officials. The on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing facility, with special attention paid to areas that were newly added or updated to the Alliance's code of standards in 2011 and 2012, including wagering security, race-day security, model rules pertaining to Furosemide administration and Phenylbutazone threshold levels, injury reporting, post-mortem veterinary inspections, jockey health and safety, paddock safety, aftercare and transitioning of retired racehorses, and cross-jurisdictional sharing of veterinarian's list data.
Interviews were also conducted with Sunland Park executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards, and fans. The inspection team consisted of Ronald Jensen DVM, racing official Richard Lewis, Mike Kilpack of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators, and Mike Ziegler, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
“Sunland Park was inspected during its current live meeting,” said Ziegler. “The track exhibited a solid commitment to the safety and integrity of its racing and wagering operations. The work they've done with the New Mexico Racing Commission and their horsemen in meeting the minimum standards set forth in the Alliance Code demonstrate this commitment.
Sunland Park is the 18th Alliance-accredited racetrack to earn re-accreditation, joining Aqueduct Racetrack, Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Betfair Hollywood Park, Calder Casino and Race Course, Canterbury Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Golden Gate Fields, Keeneland Race Course, Monmouth Park, Pimlico Race Course, Santa Anita Park, Saratoga Race Course, Turfway Park and Woodbine.
The Alliance was formed in October 2008, with the goal of establishing uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity. It includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen's organization. More information on the Alliance, including its code of standards, can be found at www.ntraalliance.com.