Equine Injury Database

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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Commentary: Racetracks Must Be More Transparent Regarding Equine Injuries

In March, the Jockey Club released a six-year summary of fatality statistics from the Equine Injury Database, which covered through 2014. The report also contained a comparison between 2013 and 2014. The Jockey Club launched the project in 2009, and while the most recent news reported was positive – equine fatalities in 2016 were at […]

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Delaware Park: ‘A Team Effort’ Results In Decrease In Equine Fatalities in 2016

In March, the Jockey Club released a six-year summary of fatality statistics from the Equine Injury Database (EID), which covered through 2014. The report also contained a comparison between 2013 and 2014. The database, which was launched by the Jockey Club in 2008, sought to identify “the frequency, types and outcome of racing injuries using a […]

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Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality rate for 2016 was 1.54 per 1,000 starts and includes horses that died within 72 hours after a race. That figure is based on data […]

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‘We Have Nothing To Hide’: Majority – But Not All – Of Mid-Atlantic Tracks Publish Equine Injury Data

In March, the Jockey Club released a six-year summary of fatality statistics from the Equine Injury Database, which covered through 2014. The report also contained a comparison between 2013 and 2014. The database, which was launched by the Jockey Club in 2008, “seeks to identify the frequency, types and outcome of racing injuries using a […]

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Equine Fatality Rate Declines For Fourth Consecutive Year

An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) has shown a reduction in the rate of fatal injury for a fourth consecutive year and a 23 percent drop since 2009, The Jockey Club announced today. When comparing 2016 statistics to 2015 statistics across all surfaces, ages, and distances, the rate dropped from 1.62 […]

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