Security Protocols for Horses in 2017 Blue Grass Stakes: The Horse.Com 3/31/17

By: Edited Press Release

Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky, will continue its enhanced security measures for horses entered in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, a prep races for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, scheduled for Saturday, April 8.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes contenders must be on the Keeneland grounds no later than noon EDT on Thursday, April 6, 54 hours in advance of the race. Keeneland will provide 24-hour security for each entrant beginning at noon on April 6 and continuing through post-time at 6:17 p.m. on April 8.

“Keeneland conducts its racing operations with the highest levels of integrity and transparency,” said Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston. “We initiated these enhanced security protocols for the Toyota Blue Grass several years ago, and they have proven very effective in protecting our horsemen, the public, and our fans.”

Keeneland has mandated the following protocols for horses entered in the Toyota Blue Grass:

  • The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) will take out-of-competition blood samples from entrants and send the samples to LGC Science Inc., also in Lexington, for immediate testing. The KHRC will coordinate with other jurisdictions to obtain out-of-competition samples from horses not stabled in Kentucky.
  • Entrants are required to be on the Keeneland grounds no later than noon on Thursday, April 6, and remain on the grounds until after the running of the race. Exceptions will be granted only in the case of an unforeseeable emergency as determined by Keeneland Security in consultation with the stewards.
  • 24-hour security for each entrant will begin at noon on April 6 and end April 8 at 6:17 p.m., post-time for the Toyota Blue Grass.
  • Horses shall stay in their trainers’ current barn or the stakes barn, which will be monitored at all times by additional security personnel.
  • Stalls for horses entered in the Toyota Blue Grass shall have an identifying marker on them.
  • Trainers shall submit a list of treating veterinarians to the stewards no later than noon on Thursday, April 6.
  • Security personnel will monitor all treatments performed by veterinarians. All containers for medications administered will be retained by the KHRC for possible testing.
  • A full daily veterinarian’s record of all medications and treatments given to entrants from noon on Thursday, April 6, until after the running of the Toyota Blue Grass shall be provided to the KHRC Chief Veterinarian, located in the Detention Barn.
  • Entry/exit logs will be maintained by security personnel. All persons—including grooms, veterinarians, trainers, assistant trainers, farriers, owners, and other connections—on entering the stall or engaging in contact with the horse or performing any service for the horse must possess a valid KHRC license. Each person will be logged in by security personnel along with the reason for his or her visit.
  • All equipment, feed, hay bales, etc., are subject to search and seizure, as provided by law, by both Keeneland and the KHRC.
  • As is current policy, furosemide administration will take place in the horse’s own stall by a KHRC veterinarian. Syringes will be preserved by the KHRC for possible testing.
  • The KHRC, in conjunction with Keeneland, will appoint a single 24-hour point person each day for trainers and connections to contact in case of an emergency.
  • On Saturday, April 8, no treatment will be permitted (beyond furosemide for specifically designated horses). If emergency treatment is required and authorized by the stewards, the horse shall be scratched from the race.
  • On Saturday, April 8, horses participating in the Toyota Blue Grass are required to be in the Assembly Barn 45 minutes to one hour before post time for total plasma carbon dioxide (TC02) testing. The horses will then be escorted with security personnel to the saddling paddock.
  • Toyota Blue Grass participants will receive priority for paddock schooling with security personnel present.