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Sunland Park Receives Safety Reaccreditation from NTRA
RSS Feeds Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced on Monday that Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.

Located outside of El Paso in Sunland Park, New Mexico, the 58-year old racetrack hosts its biggest racing event, the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3), on March 26. The race will offer 85 qualifying points for this year's Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.

The reaccreditation of Sunland Park was the culmination of a lengthy process that 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 was comprised of Ron Jensen, DVM, veterinary and regulatory consultant, former equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board; Mike Kilpack, security and integrity consultant, past chairman of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators; Dan Fick, racetrack operations consultant and vice chairman of Racing Officials Accreditation Program and Steve Koch, executive director of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. 

"Safety of our athletes, equine and human, and the integrity of our product are Sunland's goals," said Sunland Park director of racing Dustin Dix. "We are proud to be re-accredited and would like to thank the New Mexico Racing Commission and our horsemen in helping us continue to achieve our goals."

The Safety & Integrity Alliance Code of Standards posted at NTRAalliance.com 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 of retired racehorses; and wagering security.

Sunland Park received its initial Alliance accreditation in 2011. All accreditations and reaccreditations carry an effective period of two years.

Sunland Park is one of 23 racing facilities fully accredited by the Alliance that together host 90 percent of graded stakes and generate 75 percent of North American pari-mutuel handle. The others are Aqueduct Racetrack, Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Canterbury Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Indiana Grand, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Laurel Park, Los Alamitos Race Course, Monmouth Park, Pimlico Race Course, Santa Anita Park, Saratoga Race Course, Suffolk Downs, Turfway Park and Woodbine.


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