senate Bill S4634

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to the transfer of veterinary records for claimed racehorses

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering Committee

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Jan 06, 2016 referred to racing, gaming and wagering
Apr 01, 2015 referred to racing, gaming and wagering

S4634 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง258, RWB L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S7136, A9782

S4634 - Summary

Requires veterinary records for all claimed racehorses in claiming races, must be transferred from the owner of the racehorse to the claimant within 48 hours of finalizing the claim.

S4634 - Sponsor Memo

S4634 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 1, 2015

Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed  to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wager-

AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and  breeding  law,  in
  relation  to requiring transfer of all veterinary records of a claimed
  racehorse from the owner to the claimant within forty-eight hours from
  the time the claim is finalized


  Section  1.  Legislative  Intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds and
declares that it is in the best public policy interests  of  the  state,
its  businesses  and its citizens to ensure that, to the greatest extent
possible, the letter and spirit of its thoroughbred  racing  regulations
aimed  at  protecting the health of New York's racehorses as well as the
jockeys, trainers, and owners, are enforced and enacted for  any  person
doing business in the New York state racing industry.
  Measures  to  improve safety and health are necessary responses to the
"New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety"  established  as  a
result of the fatalities of twenty-one racehorses at Aqueduct Race Track
during  a four month period in 2011 and 2012. The task force stated that
because horses are regularly sold in claiming races and due to the  lack
of  transferring veterinary records at the time of sale, "horses are put
at increased risk of  repeated,  and  potentially  unnecessary  invasive
joint  therapies."  This  increased  risk  was evidenced in the official
report by the task force which noted the deaths of two racehorses  could
have  been  prevented because "it is unlikely that the trainer was aware
of any medical treatments that may have occurred prior to  his  claiming
the  horse.  This  may  have  compromised  the trainer's ability to make
informed decisions with regard to medication administrations."
  Despite recommendations by the task force, little  has  been  done  to
mitigate  the problems even through the policy change is in the interest

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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