Equine Injury Database

Equine Injury Database 2019 Results: Fatality Rate Lowest Since 2009; Synthetic Rate Drops Below 1.0

An analysis of data from the 11th year of reporting to the Equine Injury Database (EID) shows a decrease in the rate of fatal injury in 2019 (1.53 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2018 (1.68 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today. The 2019 rate of fatal injury is the lowest number since the EID […]

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Parkin: Data Shows Horses Who Ran As Juveniles Have Decreased Risk Of Injury

Dr. Tim Parkin, veterinary epidemiologist at the University of Glasgow, said in a presentation earlier this week that equine injury data shows horses who race as 2-year-olds are at a decreased risk of career-ending injury compared to those who did not. Parkin has pointed out this correlation before in his study of data from the […]

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Study Finds Statistical Relationship Between Pre-Race Bute And Injury In South American Runners

A study that will be published in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) has found a statistical relationship between pre-race phenylbutazone administration and the risk of injury or breakdown in South American racehorses.  Research conducted by Dr. Teresita Zambruno at the University of Glasgow examined 500,000 starts […]

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‘Entire Racing Industry Needs To Get On Board’; Jockey Club Statement On Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

The Jockey Club applauds the creation of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. The new group seeks to become a transparent source of safety information and best practices and will set up new safety standards for the participating tracks, which comprise the majority of major tracks in the United States. “The Jockey Club supports the aims of […]

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Safety First: Del Mar Summer Meet Concludes With Zero Racing Fatalities

With the national spotlight on equine safety and welfare, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concluded its 80th summer meeting today as the safest major racetrack in the United States for the second consecutive year. After introducing a comprehensive series of safety programs in 2017 and 2018, Del Mar expanded its safety measures this summer, including […]

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By The Numbers: Hollendorfer’s Fatality Rate On Par With National Average

Only one active Thoroughbred trainer has more lifetime starts or wins than Jerry Hollendorfer, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2011. Hollendorfer has won 7,625 races from 33,553 starts, second only to fellow Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who has 8,519 wins from 41,130 […]

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Parkin: Stakeholder Buy-In Is Needed To Make Vet Records Part Of Equine Injury Database

Dr. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist at the University of Glasgow, says there are still big blind spots in the Equine Injury Database. In an interview this week with The Horse magazine, Parkin highlighted the need for complete workout data (not just timed works, but length, date, and speed of slower works) and veterinary data […]

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Gorajec: Mandatory Injury Reporting Would Be A Game Changer For Horse Racing

“What more can be done to protect the horses?” That’s the question Joe Gorajec asks in his latest article at InsideRacingRegs, published by Horse Racing Reform, an industry initiative of The Jockey and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The article is a follow-up to his reporting on the hearing in California of trainer Michael Pender, […]

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Turf Paradise Reports 40% Decline In Racing Fatalities After New Safety Protocols

Phoenix-based Turf Paradise, Arizona’s largest horse racing track, saw racing-related equine fatalities fall by nearly 40% during the season that ended May 3, according to a press release from the Rose, Moser, Allyn public relations firm. During the 2017-’18 meet there were 7,452 starts and 23 Thoroughbred racing related equine fatalities. During the 2018-’19 meet […]

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