Equine Injury Database

Santa Anita To Install Prototype Data-Gathering Technology On Track Maintenance Equipment

During Wednesday night’s “Racing Surfaces” panel discussion hosted by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program, Dr. Mick Peterson revealed he is working closely with Santa Anita in the lead up to the Breeders’ Cup to install new prototypes of data-gathering technology on the track maintenance equipment. The director of the University of Kentucky Ag […]

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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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NYRA’s Enhanced Safety Initiatives Include Racing Surfaces, Race-Day Scrutiny

Live thoroughbred racing returned to Belmont Park on Friday, April 26 for its 48-day spring/summer meet, and the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today highlighted its broad-based safety program currently in effect at all NYRA tracks. In addition to accreditation of each NYRA track by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: Staying The Course At Santa Anita

(Editor’s note: On Monday afternoon, the California Horse Racing Board announced that Friday’s special meeting has been cancelled and that discussions about Santa Anita were being moved to the regularly scheduled CHRB meeting on April 18. The following was published prior to the cancellation of the meeting.) The California Horse Racing Board meets this Friday for […]

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Equine Injury Database: Fatality Rate Increased Slightly In 2018

An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) for 2018 resulted in an aggregated rate of fatal injury of 1.68 per 1,000 starts, The Jockey Club announced on Friday. In 2017 the corresponding rate was 1.61 per 1,000 starts. A graph depicting all updated statistical data pertaining to surface, distance, and age is […]

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Tim Ritvo Q&A: ‘There Are Things That Aren’t Acceptable Any More’

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group’s Racing and Gaming Division that owns Santa Anita Park, sat down with Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick to discuss the current situation at the Arcadia, Calif., track in the wake of the recent shutdown following a spike in racing fatalities that totaled 21 horses since opening […]

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