Update from the SBOANJ on return to racing

Manalapan, NJ — In conjunction with Dr. Karyn Malinowski of the Rutgers Science Center, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey developed a very comprehensive “Risk Management and Racing Protocol” that had earlier been presented to Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Racing Commission. This program will be implemented for the qualifying races and our return to racing at The Meadowlands.

The SBOANJ sent a formal request to the NJRC for a “Waiver of the Commission’s Rules” in reference to the 45-day qualifying rule and administration of Lasix. It was proposed that the 45-day qualifying rule be temporarily amended. It was also requested that the administration of Lasix, by a state-approved licensed veterinarian, be allowed to take place at training centers where horses are stabled. Both requests are still pending NJRC approval.

We will continue to work with the NJRC, in order to help minimize the number of trainers, drivers, and caretakers on-site at one time to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Please be aware of the importance of following the safety provisions that have been mandated.

For a copy of the “Risk Management Protocol” click here. For further information please contact the SBOANJ.

For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center.

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