Equine Injury Database

Fourteen Takeaways From The 2018 Jockey Club Welfare And Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation hosted its eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit June 27 at Keeneland, with speakers touching off on disaster preparedness, jockey safety, equine injury, and Thoroughbred aftercare. Here are a few things I didn’t know before attending this year’s event: Detail matters in disaster planning. Obviously, the San Luis […]

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Despite Slight Uptick In Equine Injuries, Overall Trends Remain Positive

An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) has shown a modest increase in the rate of fatal injury in 2017 (1.61 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2016 (1.54 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today. Prof. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow and consultant to the EID, […]

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Racetrack Surfaces Key To Keeping Horse And Rider Safe

Proper footing is imperative to keeping horses and riders safe, no matter what discipline they are competing in, and footing has been a growing focus for researchers around the world. Mick Peterson, PhD, the director of the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs and also a faculty member within UK’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, […]

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Claimers: ‘A Lot Of People Care’ About Welfare Of Racing’s Working Class Horses

This is our fourth and final installment in the Claimers series. Find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. Behind the veil of a blue and white checker pattern, Twitter user @NotCloudyAllDay collects and publishes hundreds of race results every week, hoping to alert the public, rescues and racing officials to horses […]

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Claimers: Examining The Business That Is Racing’s Bread And Butter

For much of the country, horse racing is the first Saturday in May or the first weekend in November, with millions of dollars in Thoroughbred muscle jogging before a national television audience. Those inside the business realize the average day in the sport is much less glittery, with card after card filled with horses running […]

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Report: Much Remains To Be Done Regarding Exercise-Related Equine Fatalities

The Thoroughbred racing industry has made great progress over the past several years with regards to the monitoring, recording and analyzing racing-related equine injuries and fatalities. The Jockey Club reports that since 2009, the equine fatality rate has decreased from 2 horses out of every 1,000 starts to 1.54 horses out of 1,000 in 2016. […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: California Safety Initiative A Model To Follow

Racing in California has a lot of problems. In the last 10 years, Bay Meadows near San Francisco and Hollywood Park near Los Angeles have been closed for development. Land on which most racetracks, farms and training facilities sit is more valuable for other uses, whether residential or business. A 2011 increase in takeout designed […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1M Carryover: Thinking ‘Absolute’?

A judge’s recent decision in Kentucky could have far-reaching consequences for horse racing, depending on what happens next. The case involves a medication overage appealed by trainer Graham Motion, and at stake is the long-standing trainer responsibility rule that maintains trainers have “absolute” accountability over what happens in their stables. Is it unconstitutional? In this […]

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Saratoga Fatalities: Any Common Risk Factors Involved?

Saratoga has been in the news this summer not just for its excellent racing and traditionally popular, fan-friendly atmosphere, but also for equine fatalities. So far this year at Saratoga, 17 horses have died, compared to 16 deaths in 2016 and 13 in 2015. The New York State Gaming Commission, New York Racing Association, and […]

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Saratoga: Opening Weekend Not Only Brings Fans, But Protesters

Saratoga’s opening weekend not only brought out the expected large crowds but also several protesters, who called for an end to horse racing – not just at Saratoga but nationwide. CNYCentral.com reports that the protesters were organized by the group Horseracing Wrongs, which is “dedicated to educating the public about racing injuries and deaths.” A group […]

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