Sunland Park Fully Accredited by Safety Alliance

December 10, 2010

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced on Wednesday that Sunland Park in Sunland Park, New Mexico, has received full accreditation by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

Last May, Sunland was granted provisional accreditation after the New Mexico racetrack was found to be in compliance with the majority of standards set forth in the Safety and Integrity Alliance’s code but in need of upgrades in the specific areas of pre-race veterinary inspections; uniform medication regulations; safety equipment and cushioned riding crops; testing for alkalinizing substances; and independent security assessment and training.

All areas previously deemed deficient subsequently have been improved to either meet or exceed parameters set forth in the code.

“Sunland Park should be commended for the sustained effort it made to satisfy the standards necessary for alliance accreditation,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director of the Safety and Integrity Alliance. “Many of the areas in question were addressed very quickly, while others took longer due to necessary regulatory changes.”

Sunland Park opens its 77-day meet today, and runs through April 19. Live racing will be held Tuesdays and Friday through Sunday for most of the season. Racing on Wednesday, December 22, Thursday, December 23, Wednesday, December 29 and Thursday, December 30 are the only exceptions.

There will be no live racing on December 24, December 25 and December 31. First post to start the season will be 12:25 p.m. with 11 races per day. Twelve-race cards begin in February.

For more information, visit Sunland Park's website.