The New York Gaming Commission Monday okayed a new rule permitting racetracks to seek exemptions for certain races on the ratio of purses to claiming prices, according to a report by the Daily Racing Form.
In New York, purses are not allowed to be more than double the claiming price. The rule was one of several put into effect in 2012, following a series of fatal breakdowns at Aqueduct. This rule was designed to prevent trainers from entering unsound horses in claiming races, seeking high purses.
The New York Racing Association pursued the possibility of temporary exemptions, due to competition from other states that don't have such a restriction. Under the rule approved Monday, the exemptions will only be allowed for races in which the track has added “enhanced measures to ensure close examination of the competitiveness, soundness, and safety of each horse in such races.”
Equine Medical Director Scott Palmer, a proponent of the original rule, gave his support to the new exemption language.
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