New York to unveil public database on racing deaths

by | 03.29.2012 | 7:06am

New York racing officials plan to make a searchable database available to the public that chronicles every racing fatality at the state's tracks over the past three years.  The Blood-Horse says the database has been in the works for months:

“A state source told The Blood-Horse that the new database is an attempt to bring information now held by the board internally and make it available to the public. “There's nothing to be hide,'' an official said.

“The new database is believed to be one of the only kind like it in the nation where anyone – from bettors to animal rights groups to lawmakers – can research every horse death the past three years in New York, whether occurring on track during a race or off track during training. The database, expected to be released early next week, can be searched in any number of ways, including date of death, reason for fatality, and horse name. The database will also include all injuries and incidents involving race horses.”

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