Remington Park Enhances Security
Remington Park prepares for upcoming meet with enhanced security plans.
October 9, 2014
Recent press releases from prominent Quarter Horse tracks in other states have placed great emphasis on protecting the welfare of the horse as well as focusing on the integrity of the competition in both stakes and overnight racing.
During a preliminary meeting to begin the planning for the nation’s richest Quarter Horse meet in 2015, representatives from Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and Remington Park agreed that their main objective will be to implement safeguards designed to provide the highest possible level of security for horses, owners, trainers, and fans and to discourage all illicit or unsavory activities that might affect the outcome of races.
“Remington Park is by far the premier venue for Quarter Horse and mixed breed racing,” said Scott Wells President and General Manager of GG Remington Park, and current President of the Thoroughbred Racing Association (TRA). “We intend to work with the AQHA and the OQHRA to insure that the security and testing that goes along with our live meet provides racing with the highest degree of integrity possible.”
To this end, the parties have agreed to work together to establish some new and strengthened house rules which will provide for increased security and even possibly enhanced testing of horses participating at the meet. All futurity and derby qualifiers in 2015 will be required to remain on the grounds between trials and finals and as well as any horses entered in stakes races from the time of entry until the stakes races are run. These kinds of measures make it possible to provide a heightened level security for the equine athletes.
Additional issues being considered are options for “enhanced security and super testing” in the major futurity and derby programs for Quarter Horses for the races offering large purses. Remington Park currently hosts two futurities that are worth a million dollars each in prize money. In 2013, Remington Park began beefing up their backside security with the use of security cameras and other technology designed to deter illegal activities, and they have continue to implement additional surveillance and security as it becomes available.
“Remington Park deserves a lot of credit for implementing pre-race examinations for all participating horses," said Lake Newcomb, OQHRA President. “They have done so entirely at their own expense by hiring a qualified veterinarian to assume those duties when the budget constraints of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission did not allow the commission to have its veterinarian perform those duties.”
The pre-race examinations are designed to protect the welfare of the horse and the safety of the riders.
“There are many issues we need to continue to examine as we work towards the goal of uniformity in rules of racing and medication policies” said Micah McKinney, co-owner of Lazy E Ranch and co-founder of Racing Free. “None of these issues are without a solution; we just all need to be committed to working through the details and seeing that the playing field is reasonable and level for everyone- horsemen, fans that wager on our races, and most importantly the horses.”
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