LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2017) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Located in Farmington, N.Y., the 55-year old track opens its door for live racing season April 22. Finger Lakes has been continuously accredited by the Alliance since 2011.
The reaccreditation of Finger Lakes was the culmination of a lengthy process that hosted several meetings with Alliance officials. An on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing facility. Interviews were also conducted with race track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards and fans. The inspection team was comprised of Dr. Ron Jensen, DVM, former equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board; Mike Kilpack, security and integrity consultant and past chairman of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators; Dan Fisk, racetrack operations consultant and vice chairman of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program; and Steve Koch, executive director of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.
In addition to the reaccreditation for the Finger Lakes, the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP) received a “Best Practice” from the Alliance in 2011 as one of the best Thoroughbred aftercare programs in the nation. In 2016 the FLTAP was awarded accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). The TAA is the only accrediting organization in thoroughbred aftercare network of 64 accredited organizations, operating at more than 180 facilities across the United States and Canada.
Finger Lakes is one of 23 racing facilities fully accredited by the Alliance that together host 90 percent of graded stakes and generate 75 percent of North American pari-mutuel handle. The others are Aqueduct Racetrack, Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Canterbury Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Indiana Grand, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Laurel, Los Alamitos Race Course, Monmouth Park, Pimlico Race Course, Santa Anita Park, Saratoga Race Course, Suffolk Downs, Sunland Park, Turfway Park and Woodbine.
The NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance is horse racing’s key mechanism for implementing racetrack safety and integrity initiatives on a uniform basis nationwide. Information on the Alliance, supported by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Insurance Office of America can be found at NTRAalliance.com.