Expanded Voided Claim Rule in Effect at GP

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Sarah Andrew

Effective Friday, May 28, the voided claim rule at Gulfstream Park has been expanded. “All claimed horses will now be examined by the Track Veterinarian after cooling out, and the claim will be voided if the horse is observed to have bled or is determined to be unsound,” explained the Florida HPBA in a release. “After the Track Veterinarian notifies the Stewards that the claim has been voided, the successful claimant has a 15-minute grace period to request that the claim be allowed.”

Previously, claims at Gulfstream were only voided if a horse suffered a fatal injury during or immediately after a race, or was vanned off and determined to be unsound or to have bled.

“We were pleased to work with Dr. Dionne Benson and the Stronach Group team at Gulfstream Park to get the expanded voided claim rule adopted,” Florida HBPA President Stephen Screnci said. “Studies have demonstrated that more stringent voided claim rules protect the horses, and they protect our horsemen as well. We are in full support.”

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