The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that Sunland Park in Sunland Park, New Mexico has received full accreditation by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.
The track had been granted provisional accreditation by the Alliance last May after it was found to be in compliance with the majority of standards set forth in the Alliance code, but in need of upgrades in the specific areas of pre-race veterinary inspections; uniform medication regulations; safety equipment and cushioned riding crops; testing for alkalinizing substances; and independent security assessment and training.
“Since then, all areas previously deemed deficient have been improved to either meet or exceed parameters set forth in the Alliance Code of Standards,” the Safety and Integrity Alliance reported.
“Sunland Park should be commended for the sustained effort it made to satisfy the standards necessary for Alliance accreditation,” Mike Ziegler, executive director of the alliance said in a statement. “Many of the areas in question were addressed very quickly, while others took longer due to necessary regulatory changes.”
“The Sunland Park model is a good illustration of the Alliance operating to its fullest effect,” said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA. “The Alliance’s Code of Standards was an essential agent for change during the time that Sunland Park was working diligently with the State of New Mexico to bring its racing regulations into greater uniformity with those in other states.”
Sunland Park is the 19th racing facility to receive full accreditation, joining Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Belmont Park, Delaware Park, Hollywood Park, Monmouth Park, Arlington Park, Saratoga Race Course, Calder Race Course, Turfway Park, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Oak Tree at Santa Anita/Santa Anita Park, Fair Grounds, Aqueduct Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Woodbine, Pimlico and Canterbury Park.