Equine Injury Database Statistics Continue to Reflect Progress: THA Racing.Com 3/11/17

By: Tom LaMarra Fatalities in races in 2016 dropped 5% from the previous year to 1.54 per 1,000 starts, another indication that improved safety protocol and a tightening of equine medication rules are making a difference in Thoroughbred racing. The Equine Injury Database statistics released March 10 by The Jockey Club show an encouraging trend

PA Approves Penalty System Changed; Integrity a Focal Point: THA Racing.Com 1/26/17

By: Tom LaMarra At a meeting that again featured a discussion on the importance of improving integrity in horse racing, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Jan. 26 approved revisions to the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System. Pennsylvania adopted the MMV Penalty System, a component of the National Uniform Medication Program, in August 2016. The model

Studies on Lasix Administration Progressing:Blood-Horse 3/23/16

By: Frank Angst In a presentation at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans, Jockey Club executive director Matt Iuliano highlighted studies examining the efficacy of administering furosemide at least 24 hours before a race. RCI president Ed Martin noted that some conference presentations will allow member commissioners to see

The Jockey Club Continues Out-of-Competition Testing Grants:Thoroughbred Daily News 3/17/16

By: TDN The Jockey Club’s Graded Stakes Out-of-Competition Testing Grant Fund will continue to provide racetracks with funding for out-of-competition testing for the presence of blood doping agents and RCI Class 1 substances. The program, created in 2014, has been utilized by tracks in California, Florida, Kentucky, New York and Ontario. Thoroughbred racetracks that elect

Jockey Club Researches the Untapped Power of the Microchip:Paulick Report 2/17/16

By: Natalie Voss The Jockey Club's announcement last summer that it would begin requiring microchips for foal registrations starting in 2017 was met with relatively little fanfare. That could be because microchipping has been standard for Thoroughbred registrations in the United Kingdom and Europe for years. What many horsemen and owners may not have realized,