Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., has become the 24th racetrack to be fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The accreditation of Kentucky Downs was the culmination of a lengthy certification process that began with the track’s completion of a 48-page written application and continued as Kentucky Downs hosted several meetings with Alliance officials, according to a release from NTRA.
The on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing facility and interviews with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards and fans. The inspection team was comprised of Dr. Ronald Jensen, Mike Kilpack of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators, and Mike Ziegler, executive director of the Safety and Integrity Alliance.
“Kentucky Downs was reviewed during its most recent live meeting in September 2011,” Ziegler said in the release. “It received ‘best practice’ ratings in many areas including pre-race examination protocols; post-mortem veterinary examinations; maintenance of the veterinarians’ list; use of the cushioned riding crop and safety vest; padded starting gate; substance abuse and addiction protocols; infectious disease management; testing for alkalinizing substances; out-of-competition testing; security protocols; medication and testing education; and a host of wagering security procedures including stop wagering mechanisms, simulcast contract language, elimination of cancel delays, exclusion of pools when non-verifiable, timing display and synchronization on video broadcast and totalisator; state-of-the-art tote technology; and wagering incident investigation protocols.
“Kentucky Downs exceeded the Alliance Code of Standards benchmarks in numerous areas,” Ziegler continued. “Its accreditation was delayed until now, however, pending satisfaction of all Alliance requirements. With all areas now fully satisfied, Kentucky Downs is the rightful recipient of an exemplary report from the Safety and Integrity Alliance inspection team.”
“We are proud of the high marks our facility received from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance inspection team in such a wide variety of areas,” said Corey Johnsen, president of Kentucky Downs. “Though our race meeting is of a short duration, we feel that our dedication to the safety of our athletes and the integrity of our racing product is second to none.”
The six-day, all-turf meet at Kentucky Downs begins Sept. 8.