Jockeys, Gate Crew, Stewards & Others To Be Randomly Selected
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it will give random breathalyzer tests to jockeys, stewards, assistant starters and members of the gate crew when its world-class thoroughbred meet begins Jan. 5.
Gulfstream will implement the program to insure the integrity of the sport and protect its participants.
“Safety and integrity have always been priorities at Gulfstream Park,” said Timothy Ritvo, Vice President of Racing, MI Developments Inc. “We want to minimize the safety risks, the injuries and accidents associated with the inappropriate use of alcohol and insure the professionalism of the sport of thoroughbred racing.”
Ritvo said any jockey who registers a 0.04 or greater will be taken off his mounts for the remainder of the day. Members of the gate crew, outriders or stewards who blow a 0.04 or greater will be sent home for the day. Any person refusing to take the random test will also be sent home. Each incident will be handled privately by track management.
“This program will also create an environment here at Gulfstream that will allow us to assist those with issues pertaining to alcohol,” Ritvo said. “We’ve talked to jockeys, horsemen and track officials and everyone is supportive. It’s simply the right thing to do.”
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino is a multi-use entertainment facility and the premier destination of its kind in South Florida. Recognized for its world-class thoroughbred racing, Gulfstream Park is also home to more than 850 slot machines, high-stakes, no-limit poker, and the finest restaurants and shops at The Village at Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream’s world-championship, 2011 thoroughbred meet will run from Jan. 5 through April 24. For further information contact David.Joseph@gulfstreampark.com, or call 954.457.6451.