Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 9/23/14

A Triple Crown may or may not happen June 9 at the Belmont Stakes but racing officials are making sure the race will be clean.  

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board have put in place strict protocols for the horses running in the June 9 Belmont Stakes.  

Beginning Wednesday, June 6, horses participating in the Belmont Stakes will be required to be stalled in a secured area of Belmont Park, called a stakes bar.  The horses will remain in the specific location until the conclusion of the race.

Upon arrival at the stakes bar each horse will be required to have a blood test that will be sent to the state drug laboratory for immediate review.  Visitors comings and goings will be logged  

“Millions of race fans from around the world will be witnessing a historic spectacle at New  York’s beautiful Belmont Park on June 9, and the Racing and Wagering Board will ensure that  the race is run in a safe and fair manner,” Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini  said. “The protocols put forth here will protect horses, riders and the betting public and  underscore the symbolism of the world-class racing held in New York State.”

The New York Times is reporting the authorities will also watch I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neil closely after he was charged with multiple violations.  O'Neil must have a board investigator present before he can treat his horses and must provide veterinary records each day after treatment.  



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