Safety Alliance Releases Updated Standards

The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance has updated its code of standards.

As expected, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance has updated its code of standards to include wagering security measures.

The NTRA announced the code for 2010 in a March 17 release. The code can be reviewed at, and comments on the code can be submitted to

Compliance standards now cover six areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; medication and testing; jockey safety and health; and wagering security. Within those six categories, specific standards will focus on:

• Systematic reporting of equine injuries
• Aftercare of retired racehorses
• Pre- and post-race veterinary examinations
• Post-mortem exams
• Health and safety of jockeys
• Riding crops and their use
• Horse shoes and hoof care
• Safety research, including racing surfaces
• Safety equipment for jockeys and horse handlers
• Safety training
• Anabolic Steroids
• Alkalinizing agents (TCO2 testing)
• On-track emergency medical care for humans and equines
• Out-of-competition testing
• Freezing and retrospective testing of post-race samples
• Continuing education
• Totalizator technology and “stop-wagering” protocols
• Wagering incident investigation

“The addition of several protocols to promote wagering security and integrity is the single biggest change to the alliance’s 2010 code of standards,” alliance executive director Mike Ziegler said in a statement. “In addition, the code has been made even more rigorous in a number of other areas, including aftercare and transition of retired racehorses, pre-and post-race veterinary inspections, and safety training and continuing education.”

The alliance was formed in October 2008, and last year accredited about 15 racetracks. The alliance includes about 55 tracks, some of which are expected to be accredited this year.