veterinary records

‘The More Information, The Better’ For Veterinarians Trying To Keep Racehorses Safe

New regulations requiring veterinarians and trainers to file and keep medical records on a horse in training may seem like a lot of extra paperwork, but regulatory veterinarians say it makes a big difference in their ability to keep horses safe. In a video conference held as part of this year’s Welfare and Safety of […]

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‘We Need To Continue To Do Better,’ But Santa Anita Has ‘Turned The Corner’

The 23rd fatality at Santa Anita Park occurred on March 31, approximately six weeks ago. New regulations implemented by The Stronach Group have allowed 6,973 horses to breeze over the main course and training track with no recorded fatalities as of end of training Sunday, according to Horse Racing Nation. The regulations include advance permission […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: More Extensive Vet Exams, Transparent Records, Equine Retirement Accounts

The final two of five recommendation-laden visions were released by the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, two days following its call for industry-wide compromise on divisive issues that have fragmented the sport. Friday’s release included the visions of Maggi Moss (integrity and welfare) and John Sikura (communications and marketing). Their ideas joined those of Marshall Gramm (wagering and […]

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CHRB: Proposals For Veterinary Record Transfer, Continuing Education Move Forward

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, April 19, at Santa Anita Park. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach presided. Commissioners Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the Webcast link. In brief: The Board opened public […]

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Voss: Eight Things I Learned At This Year’s RCI Convention

The Association of Racing Commissioners International held its annual convention March 22-25 in New Orleans with a packed agenda. Racing officials from several countries, as well as testing laboratory officials and other industry organizers met to discuss model rules, medication policy, pari-mutuel wagering, and injury tracking. We’ll continue covering the goings-on at the convention with […]

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California Officials Examine Transparency, Ethical Veterinary Treatment

A meeting of the California Horse Racing Board’s Medication and Track Safety Committee Wednesday is sure to get the blood pumping for some horsemen and veterinarians in the state. On the agenda are four action items which have the potential to increase transparency and accountability on the state’s racetracks. The first item up for discussion […]

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Take Two: Jockey Club, TOBA’s Transparency Program Gets Failing Grade

Whatever happened to transparency and the publication of veterinary records for Kentucky Derby starters and other graded stakes runners? The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association initiative and website,, lists 130 owners who have “voluntarily pledged to make available to the public veterinary records covering a 14-day period preceding the date on […]

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Sound of Silence: Horsemen Voice Concern Over Equine Medical Records Transfer

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record. Legally, an animal’s medical history belongs to its […]

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Jockey Club ‘Pledge’ on Vet Records Fails to Inspire

Nice try. Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps attempted to pressure Thoroughbred owners and trainers to join him in signing a pledge to voluntarily disclose 14 days worth of veterinary records on horses competing in American graded stakes races. The move, coming weeks before the Kentucky Derby, was designed as a follow-up to his “enough […]

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