After the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission drew public scrutiny for redacting basic information from the necropsy reports it provided under the state's open records act, the regulatory agency has now begun publishing that data on its website.
The KHRC drew ire form a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in early June, wherein reporters pointed out the necropsy reports provided to the public did not include the name of the horse, trainer, owner, or even the track where the fatal injury took place. KHRC executive director Marc Guilfoil told the Louisville Courier-Journal that in fact, the move to publish more complete mortality review reports on the KHRC's website had been in the works since February.
The mortality review reports, which appear here, not only provide details about the identity and location of the horse involved, but more extensive information like a range of risk factors examined by officials after they received the necropsy report. Information included in each mortality review includes an overview of each horse's 60-day treatment records, a review of pre-race examination history, cumulative high speed furlongs in racing and training, number of days since last start, and more.
Kentucky officials have long held discussions between stewards and trainers of fatally-injured horses to discuss information like this, but KHRC equine medical director Dr. Mary Scollay said the commission wanted to formalize the process and document it more completely. Scollay emphasized the mortality review process is intended to educate horsemen, rather than to find fault after a fatal injury.
Read more at the Louisville Courier-Journal
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