Earlier Wednesday, PETA released a letter asking for 24-hour surveillance on Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another leading up to the June 9 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Well, whether it has anything to do with pressure from PETA or not, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board has issued a set of protocols for all horses entered in the race.
"Millions of race fans from around the world will be witnessing a historic spectacle at New York's beautiful Belmont Park on June 9, and the Racing and Wagering Board will ensure that the race is run in a safe and fair manner," Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini said. "The protocols put forth here will protect horses, riders and the betting public and underscore the symbolism of the world-class racing held in New York State."
The protocols will include all horses entered in the race being stalled in a secure area beginning June 6. A blood test will also be taken on all entrants that day.
PETA had asked for special attention for I'll Have Another due to trainer Dou O'Neill drug suspension by the California Racing Board.