CLEVELAND - Security will be extra tight at Belmont Park next week leading up to Saturday's Belmont Stakes, where I'll Have Another is the 4/5 favorite, and will be making an attempt to sweep the Triple Crown Series.
Along with the heightened security measures, new guidelines for drug testing will be in effect.
All horses entered in Saturday's Belmont Stakes race will have to report to a secured barn at Belmont Park by Noon on Wednesday, June 6, which will be staffed with round the clock security personnel and board investigators. Upon arrival horses will be issued a blood test which will check for prohibited substances. There will be no random access into the barn area with the exception of horses, owners, trainers, assistants, grooms, hot-walkers and veterinarians. They will need to register their name, date/time and reason for their visit.
These new procedures are being implemented at a time where the New York Racing Association has been challenged about procedures regarding exotic betting, and the suspension issued by the California Horse Racing Board to I'll Have Another's Trainer Doug O'Neill after one of his horses tested positive in 2010 for elevated levels of carbon dioxide.
At this time, all of the potential Belmont contenders have been training at Belmont Park in preparation for the race with the exception of Union Rags, who will ship to Belmont on Wednesday.