Golden Gate Fields 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 facility. Golden Gate received its initial Alliance accreditation in February 2010. All accreditations and re-accreditations carry an effective period of two years.
"We are delighted to have earned this important re-accreditation," said Joe Morris, vice president and interim general manager of Golden Gate Fields, in a release. "Since Golden Gate Fields first opened in 1941, the safety of our human and equine athletes has always been top-of-mind, and never more so than it is today. I wish to thank everyone on our staff who worked so tirelessly to help us achieve this distinction."
Golden Gate Fields is the 15th Alliance-approved racetrack to earn re-accreditation.
During the latest Alliance inspection of Golden Gate Fields, best practices were identified in areas including post-mortem veterinary examinations; maintenance and sharing of veterinarian’s list data; safety helmet and safety vest use; presence of safety oversight officials; regulation of shock wave therapy; medication testing education; jockey disability support; and wagering security protocols, including cancel delays, exclusion of pools when non-verifiable, the track’s policy for refunding tickets when Golden Gate is excluded as a guest pool, timing display and synchronization, and wagering incident investigation protocols.