Delaware Park is the latest racetrack to seek accreditation in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The Delaware racetrack, in a March 10 release, said it will undergo a review for compliance with alliance standards for injury reporting and prevention; efforts to create a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; uniform medication, drug testing and penalties; and safety research.
Delaware Park begins its live meet April 25.
Other tracks undergoing the compliance review are Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Pimlico Race Course—the three Triple Crown venues—and Hollywood Park and Keeneland, according to the NTRA, which is overseeing alliance efforts. Each of those tracks opens in April.
“Delaware Park has a long-standing commitment to both safety at our track and the integrity of our sport,” Delaware Park chief operating officer Bill Fasy, a member of the NTRA board of directors, said in a statement. “We worked with the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission to ban steroids at the track in 2007, and today we are one of the first to support the alliance effort.
“We believe that establishing nationwide standards will help racetracks improve the effectiveness of safety programs and provide a better forum to share and implement best practices.”
Under the accreditation process, Delaware Park will submit information about its programs and policies. A member of the alliance safety team will visit the track to perform inspections and conduct interviews with track personnel, regulators, customers, and others.
On March 6, the NTRA announced that a list of about 20 safety and integrity compliance standards were approved by its board of directors.
Two other Churchill Downs Inc.-owned tracks—Arlington Park and Calder Race Course—will be among the first group taking part in the accreditation process, the NTRA said.
The alliance, which has 55 member racetracks and horsemen’s groups, was formed in October 2008. Quarterly progress reports will update the industry on which tracks are in compliance.