New York Reinstates Corticosteroid Rules

Gaming commission also said probe into buzzer allegations continues.

Regulators in New York Sept. 9 re-issued an expired rule requiring the previous trainer of a claimed horse to provide the new owner with all records regarding corticosteroid joint injections within 48 hours of the claiming racing being official.

The New York State Gaming Commission approved the rule, which requires the previous trainer to provide details on the corticosteroid injections that occurred within 30 days prior to the claiming race. The rule, originally recommended by the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety, had been in effect on an emergency basis between December 12, 2012, and March 10, 2013, when it expired.

According to a briefing document for the Sept. 9 meeting, the rule was permitted to lapse while "trainers adapted to another emergency rule, which required them to submit a record of every corticosteroid joint injection to the commission within 48 hours of injection."

The commission's staff, the document said, made inquiries about the claiming-race proposed rule but they received no comments in favor or opposition. The rule was among several major changes to come out of the high number of equine deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack during the fall and winter meet of 2011-12.

NYGC member John Poklemba said the rule "will allow the new owner to make more fully informed decisions about veterinary care."

In other business, NYGC acting executive director Robert Williams said the investigation into allegations jockey Luis Saez carried a buzzer while riding Will Take Charge  to victory in the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course continues.

Eric Guillot, trainer of second-place finisher Moreno, filed the complaint. Saez, through his agent, has denied the charge."They're still at this moment gathering video," Williams said to the NYGC board.

Officials also announced the recently concluded Saratoga meet had five equine fatalities, up from four in 2012, according to New York Racing Association figures provided to the state. But Williams said the overall breakdown rate has gone from 4 per 1,000 starts to 1.6 per 1,000 starts for all NYRA races this year.

Officials also noted the Saratoga meet included injuries to jockeys Joel Rosario and Jose Lescano and exercise rider Raymond Bulgado, who was seriously injured on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.