- Published: Friday, 09 November 2018 14:40
The Maryland Jockey Club is again reminding horsemen to use the red-and-white “In Today” signs on horses’ stalls as part of important race-day protocol at Laurel Park.
The signs, which are available at the MTHA office in the Laurel grandstand, are recommended as part of National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance best practices for security in the barn area. They are designed in part to assist regulatory veterinarians in identifying horses that are scheduled to receive Lasix on race day.
“All horses entered to compete that do not reside on racing association property are required to go directly to the receiving barn and be placed in an “In Today” stall upon arriving on association grounds and are subject to heightened surveillance in order to prevent unauthorized access to horses that would provide an opportunity for inappropriate medication administration,” the Safety and Integrity Alliance code of standards says. “All horses entered to compete shall be clearly identified by signs plainly stating “In Today” displayed clearly next to or on the stall doors not less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled post time of the race in which the horse is entered to compete, or be subject to scratch.”
Horsemen who don’t use the signs when they have horses entered to race at Laurel run the risk of the horses being scratched, according to the MJC.