May 14, 2009

Pimlico approved for Preakness

Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course Thursday received provisional accreditation to hold Saturday's Preakness, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.

The action was taken by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance following a review of Pimlico's racing operations after a lengthy certification process, which included a 48-page written application and an in-depth, on-site review, the NTRA said in a release.

Pimlico was found to be in compliance with the majority of standards set forth in the Alliance code, but full accreditation was withheld, pending further upgrades and advocacy, and submission of written protocols in specific areas that include out-of-competition testing; frozen sample testing; and establishment of ongoing compliance standards.

Racing at Pimlico is conducted with high levels of safety and integrity in place in actual practice, said Pimlico inspection team member Ronald Jensen. The veterinary team at Pimlico appears to perform their duties well even though they have not yet provided written documentation of specific standard operating procedures relating to these duties.