The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, announced a new partnership with Guardian Security, Kentucky’s premier security company dedicated to providing around-the-clock security services, to enhance equine safety and security measures for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The Breeders’ Cup Group, with this new agreement reaffirms its ongoing commitment to ensuring the highest level of equine safety and integrity standards.
Under the new partnership, Guardian Security will provide 24-hour equine surveillance in the days leading up to, during and following the upcoming World Championships, set to be held at Keeneland Race Course on November 6th & 7th.
During this time, over 100 dedicated security officers will be deployed to support the Breeders’ Cup Equine Security Team with daily operations by monitoring the activity in the barns, keeping daily logbooks of who enters a stall and bolstering overall stable and racetrack security, to ensure the enforcement of the most comprehensive and exceptional safety and integrity protocols onsite.
So instead of Mall Security you have Stall Security.
The combined expertise of the investigative professionals that comprise Breeders’ Cup Equine Security Team, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Investigator team and Guardian Security will provide a safe and level playing field for all participants.
The partnership follows a series of recent efforts to bolster equine safety standards for Breeders’ Cup races and events.
In March 2020, the Breeders’ Cup Board committed to adopting new rules aimed at establishing higher safety and veterinarian evaluation protocols during horse races, as well as continuing to follow globally established practices such as pre-and-post-race testing, comprehensive prohibitions on anabolic steroids and other controlled substances, frequent veterinarian exams and race surface testing.
Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization that aims to maintain the safety of both equine and human athletes, and augment existing protections through unified industry efforts to develop new reforms.
The bottom line is; the horses will be safer both on and off the track, and bettors can be assured (for the most part) that none of the entrants for any of the contests will have an unfair advantage.