The Maryland Jockey Club will now be implementing stricter protocols for its pre-race examinations, according to racingbiz.com. The MJC is owned by The Stronach Group, as are California's embattled Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Those two tracks have been introducing new safety and wellness protocols as a response to Santa Anita's 22 equine fatalities suffered since Dec. 26.
A text message sent to Maryland horsemen on Friday read: “Effective immediately, please be advised that, going forward, all pre race exams will be more strict… Additional scrutiny will also be present in the post parade and at the starting gate. If there are any concerns, your horse will be scratched.”
“We've got to be a little more judicious looking at the horses going out on the track,” said MJC president Sal Sinatra. “We've got to be a little more stringent on if there's something going on with the horse, take him out. We don't want to see anything happen.”
In regards to other Stronach Group regulations from California, the MJC is considering “some implementation” but stipulated that anything additional would be done with the input from appropriate horsemen's groups.
Read more at racingbiz.com.
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