Safety initiatives undertaken since inaugural Welfare and Safety Summit

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club and hosted by Keeneland Association, was held for the first time in October 2006. The two-day workshop, which brought together a wide cross-section of the breeding, racing and veterinary community, was designed to improve safety and soundness for the Thoroughbred racehorse.

2006-10-17 00:00:00

Welfare and Safety Summit Participants Identify Issues and Establish Action Plans

A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on October 16 and 17 have drafted action plans in six areas to improve conditions in various facets of the Thoroughbred industry. The six areas are Education & Licensing; Racing Conditions/Racing Office; Research; Health & Medical Records; Racing Surfaces/Shoeing/Hoof Care; and Breeding Practices.

2006-10-24 00:00:00

AAEP Task Force Issues Guidelines for Equine Infectious Disease Outbreaks

The Infectious Disease Task Force of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has developed guidelines for the control of contagious infectious disease within the horse population. Recommendations are provided for the control of suspected cases of infectious respiratory, neurologic, diarrheal and vesicular disease. The symptom-based guidelines provide a detailed action plan for veterinarians as they address a possible infectious disease outbreak. From the point at which a case of infectious disease is suspected, the guidelines offer measures to control the spread of infection, diagnostic testing options and communication considerations.

2006-10-31 00:00:00

AAEP On Call Veterinarians to Support Breeders' Cup Telecast

Equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ On Call program will assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the Nov. 1 – 2 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park. Equine surgeons Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, and Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, Ph.D., will be available to provide timely health reports to the media and viewing audience regarding the athletes in each race.

2006-11-09 00:00:00

Proposed Strategic Plan from Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit

A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who participated in the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on October 16-17, 2006, have drafted recommended action plans in six areas to potentially improve conditions in various facets of the Thoroughbred industry. As the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit does not have any authority to implement these recommendations, the proposed strategic plan will be forwarded to potential responsible parties for their consideration.

2006-11-14 00:00:00

RMTC Board Announces Plans Concerning Steroids & Withdrawal Times

During its meeting on Thursday, November 2, in Louisville, Ky., the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) announced future plans regarding anabolic steroids and out-of-competition drug testing, and received an update on ongoing projects related to the development of withdrawal times for therapeutic medications.

2007-02-21 00:00:00

Welfare and Safety Summit Committee Supports Enforcement of California Rule on Toe Grabs

A special committee on shoeing and hoof care that was formed coming out of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is calling for a ban of toe grabs with a height greater than 4 millimeters on the front horseshoes of Thoroughbred racehorses.

2007-02-22 00:00:00

RMTC Board Approves Sending Model Rule on Anabolic Steroids to RCI for Final Approval

During its meeting on Wednesday, February 21, at The Westin Tampa Harbour Island hotel the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) passed a model rule on anabolic steroids that will be forwarded to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for approval during the RCI Annual Convention on April 23-27. Once the RMTC receives input from the RCI, the model rule language will be released to the industry.

2007-03-13 00:00:00

AAEP Veterinarians Will Be "On Call" in Run-up to Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing

Who can forget Dr. Larry Bramlage's helpful commentary at the 2006 Preakness Stakes when Barbaro was rushed from the track on the horse ambulance? Dr. Bramlage did not just happen to be at the rail that day last May; he was there in an official capacity, "just in case" a veterinarian's commentary was needed. Dr. Bramlage's presence was arranged by the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) "On Call" program.

2007-05-30 00:00:00

Equine Injury Reporting System Set to Begin June 1 at 30 Tracks

A uniform, on-track equine injury reporting system developed by Dr. Mary Scollay, association veterinarian at Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park, will be implemented as a pilot project at 30 racetracks beginning Friday, June 1, it was announced today by representatives of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. The goal of the injury reporting pilot project is threefold: to identify the frequency, type and outcome of racing injuries using a standardized format that will generate valid composite statistics; to develop a centralized epidemiologic database that could be used to identify markers for horses at increased risk of injury; and to serve as a data source for research directed at improving safety and preventing injuries.

2007-06-13 00:00:00

GUIDELINES FOR WITHDRAWAL TIMES FOR THERAPEUTIC MEDICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ON RMTC WEBSITE

The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium has completed a section of its website (www.rmtcnet.com) that enables licensed horsemen to look up guidelines for withdrawal times for approximately 75 therapeutic medications identified by the RMTC Veterinary Advisory Committee. The guidelines are available for 18 states and Canada. Information from other states will be added to the site as it becomes available.

2007-06-27 00:00:00

AAEP Veterinarians 'On Call' for Summer Racing Programs

Veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ “On Call” program will support a busy summer television schedule of live Thoroughbred racing. Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/39528/aaep-veterinarians-on-call-for-summer-racing-programs#ixzz3O3kuL4dt

2007-12-13 00:00:00

InCompass Launches Centralized Pre-Race Exam System for Vets

InCompass Solutions Inc., the premier provider of software solutions to racing offices and horsemen’s bookkeeper offices at racetracks throughout North America, today unveiled a centralized pre-race exam system that can be used by veterinarians employed by racing commissions or racetracks. The new service is accessible through the company’s flagship Race Track Operations (RTO) system, which is currently in place at 90 racetracks, associations and organizations across North America. “The RTO Pre-Race Vet Exam system provides commission and track veterinarians with unprecedented flexibility and convenience when it comes to the management of their horse exam records,” said InCompass President David Haydon. “Utilizing our central database, which is accessible with just a secure connection to the Internet, the service provides a link to the most current and complete information about each horse, while search and sort capabilities enable veterinarians to organize and manage their daily rounds more efficiently.

2008-01-31 00:00:00

RMTC Calls for Uniformity and a Timeline for the National Regulation of Anabolic Steroids

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) today endorsed a December 31, 2008, deadline for nationwide adoption of model rules regulating the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses. RMTC Chairman Robert Lewis stated, “Our entire board firmly believes that the regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses is essential to the integrity of horse racing and the welfare of the horse. We are confident that the majority in racing agree with this position, and this is evidenced by the fact that, while there have been public statements questioning how this should best be achieved, there have been no calls for abandoning the goal of regulation of anabolic steroids.”

2008-02-15 00:00:00

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to Fund Record $1.2 Million in Equine Research in 2008

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that its board of directors has approved a record allocation of $1,226,457 for equine research in 2008. The funds will underwrite a slate of 14 start-up projects and 10 second-year proposals. This marks the foundation’s fourth consecutive year of record funding and the second consecutive year that it is providing more than $1 million for equine research.

2008-03-13 00:00:00

Second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit to Kick Off with Session Open to the Public

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will convene more than 60 industry representatives for wide-ranging discussions of critical equine health- and safety-related issues at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion on Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18. The summit, coordinated and underwritten by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and hosted by Keeneland Association, will begin at 8 a.m. on March 17 with a five-hour session that is open to the public. The open session will feature:

2008-03-13 00:00:00

Welfare and Safety Summit Participants Identify Issues and Establish Action Plans

A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on March 17 and 18 have drafted action plans in seven areas to improve conditions in various facets of the Thoroughbred industry. The seven areas are: Track Surfaces; Marketing of the Racing Product; Catastrophic Injuries; Medication and Laboratories; Industry Education; Welfare of the Thoroughbred; and Implementation and Regulation.

2008-03-26 00:00:00

RMTC BOARD RECOMMENDS POLICY ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANABOLIC/ANDROGENIC STEROID REGULATIONS

The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), in consultation with the RMTC Scientific Advisory Committee, unanimously adopted on Tuesday several policy recommendations that it will forward on to regulators, horsemen and veterinarians. The action took place at an RMTC board meeting Tuesday, March 25, in Austin, Texas. The recommendations are as follows:

2008-04-09 00:00:00

Racing Officials Accreditation Program Adopts Code of Conduct for Stewards and Judges

At its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in late March, the board of directors of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) approved a Code of Conduct for licensed accredited stewards and judges. The Code of Conduct would prohibit wagering on any horse race conducted in the United States, participating in the sale, purchase or ownership of racehorses, and selling equine insurance during their appointment as a steward or judge. These recommendations will be forwarded to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Model Rules Committee for formal approval and subsequently to racing commissions for their consideration.

2008-04-10 00:00:00

Welfare and Safety Summit On-Track Injury Statistics Revised

The on-track injury reports and total starts utilized in providing the catastrophic injury rates presented by Dr. Mary Scollay at the March 17th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after being thoroughly reviewed. The review established that the catastrophic injury reports actually covered longer periods of time with more races and total starts than was previously reported. In addition, further review and follow-up on the individual catastrophic injury reports provided a more accurate number of fatalities on both dirt and synthetic surfaces.

2008-05-07 00:00:00

RMTC SPONSORS ANDROGENIC ANABOLIC STEROIDS WORKSHOP

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) sponsored an equine racing chemist workshop to foster uniformity in drug testing of the androgenic anabolic steroids (AAS) from April 27-30 at the University of California at Davis. Analysts representing seven international laboratories and 16 of the official 18 U.S. laboratories participated in the workshop. RMTC Executive Director Dr. Scot Waterman opened the program on Monday morning by describing the model rules on AAS and discussing some of the challenges involved in regulating these drugs.

2008-05-08 00:00:00

The Jockey Club Announces Formation of Thoroughbred Safety Committee

Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club, announced today that the officers of The Jockey Club have commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee. Phipps said that the committee would be asked to review every facet of equine health, including breeding practices, medication, the rules of racing and track surfaces, and to recommend actions to be taken by the industry to improve the health and safety of Thoroughbreds.

2008-05-30 00:00:00

McIlwraith and Peterson Project Wins Elastikon Research Award

The second annual Elastikon Equine Research Award, funded through a grant made by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, has been awarded to Dr. Wayne McIlwraith of Colorado State University and Dr. Mick Peterson of the University of Maine for their research designed to enhance the safety of racetracks for horses.

2008-06-17 00:00:00

TSC Calls for Elimination of Steroids,Toe Grabs, and Changes for Whip Usage

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee, with endorsements and pledged cooperation from many prominent national organizations in the Thoroughbred industry, today announced that it is recommending the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in Thoroughbred racing.

2008-06-24 00:00:00

AAEP Supports Thoroughbred Safety Recommendations

The AAEP has endorsed the three initial recommendations of The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee. The committee announced its recommendations June 17, including the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in Thoroughbred racing.

2008-07-22 00:00:00

The Jockey Club Announces Launch of Equine Injury Database

The Jockey Club today announced the launch of the Equine Injury Database system that will provide the racing industry with its first national database of racing injuries. The Equine Injury Database grew out of a proposal first put forth at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., in October 2006.

2008-08-01 13:24:30

Breeders' Cup Adopts Tough Steroids Rule

Trainers of horses that test positive for anabolic steroids at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park (Oct. 24-25) will face a one-year suspension from the event, and trainers who violate steroid regulations three times will face a lifetime ban from participating in Thoroughbred racing’s season-ending championships, according to the new policy announced Aug. 1 by the Breeders’ Cup.

2008-08-08 00:00:00

American Graded Stakes Expands Grade Eligibility Requirements

American Graded Stakes Expands Grade Eligibility Requirements: States or racetracks through house rules must adopt, at a minimum, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) model rule on androgenic anabolic steroids by January 1, 2009 or the date of a state or racetrack’s first graded race in 2009, whichever is later. The Graded Stakes Committee also revised its drug-testing protocol to include screenings for milkshaking, which will begin in January 2008. In addition, the committee adopted a requirement for grade eligibility whereby states or racetracks through house rules must adopt the ARCI model rule on toe grabs on front feet by January 1, 2009 or the date of a state or track’s first graded stake in 2009.

2008-08-17 00:00:00

Thoroughbred Safety Committee Recommendation: Uniform Penalties

Based on review of the penalties for drug rule and prohibited practices violations in multiple racing jurisdictions; review of the current Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Model Rule, which was developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC); and recent discussions with multiple industry organizations and individuals, the Thoroughbred Safety Committee calls for: “The immediate adoption and implementation by all state racing commissions of the RCI Model Rule on Uniform Classification Guidelines and Penalties which apply to trainers, veterinarians and owners.”

2008-08-17 00:00:00

THE THOROUGHBRED SAFETY COMMITTEE Recommendation: TCO2 Testing

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee is very concerned by the practice of supraphysiologic akalinization, or “milkshaking,” in Thoroughbred racing, and has met with several recognized authorities on the effects of bicarbonate loading in racehorses. After a review of existing research, a survey of “milkshaking” policies in 29 states, and consultation with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) on effective control of these alkalinizing substances, the Thoroughbred Safety Committee calls for: “The adoption of RMTC recommendations on the prohibition of the use of alkalinizing substances by the RCI Model Rules Committee, RCI Board of Directors, and all state racing commissions.”

2008-08-17 00:00:00

THE THOROUGHBRED SAFETY COMMITTEE Recommendation: Equine Injury Database

In regard to the Equine Injury Database system developed by The Jockey Club Technology Services Inc. and InCompass Solutions Inc., the committee calls for: The institution by the RCI Model Rules Committee, RCI Board of Directors and all state and provincial racing commissions of model rules requiring all racing associations, training facilities and individual licensees to participate in a commission-approved injury reporting database. The collaboration between the American Association of Equine Practitioners, racetrack practitioners, regulatory veterinarians and equine veterinary surgeons to develop standardized protocols and procedures for pre-race, post-race and post mortem exams. Racetracks and state/provincial racing commissions to require and fund pre- and post-race examinations; and postmortem examinations for all horses that die on the grounds of a licensed racetrack or training center. Participation in the EID, Conducting Pre-Race Inspections & Post-Mortem Exams

2008-08-20 00:00:00

ARCI approves revised classifications for anabolic steroids; Approves Model Rule Changes: Toe Grabs and Trainer CE Requirements

The RCI Model rules are the result of decades of collective collaboration of the racing regulatory commissions in consultation with the public and affected industry participants. The Model Rules set a standard for integrity in horse and greyhound racing. The RCI Model Rules committee meets several times each year to consider proposals that have been submitted or to address matters referred to by regulatory members. Adoption of the model rules by all racing regulatory jurisdictions would provide uniform standards and regulation, a goal of RCI.

2008-08-22 00:00:00

Thoroughbred Safety Committee Recommendation: Drug Testing & Laboratory Standards

With the goal of developing a world-class drug testing infrastructure in the United States, The Jockey Club is establishing and will fund a task force of representatives from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC), and the Equine Drug Research Institute (EDRI) to: develop a business plan for the most efficient and cost-effective infrastructure for equine drug testing and research; develop strict equine drug testing laboratory standards; develop a uniform request for proposal from state racing commissions for drug testing laboratory services that requires adherence to those standards; and develop and maintain a facility to store frozen samples for future analysis.

2008-09-26 00:00:00

RMTC Board Approves Major Drug Testing Initiative

RMTC BOARD APPROVES MAJOR DRUG TESTING INITIATIVE At their September 24 board of directors meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) announced a five-part drug testing initiative aimed at developing laboratory and drug testing standards comparable to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) model. These recommendations are the result of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee-sponsored drug testing meeting in Chicago on September 22-23 and are a direct response to Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations President Alan Foreman’s call for a major reorganization of drug testing in U.S. racing at The Jockey Club Round Table.

2008-10-10 00:00:00

InCompass Announces Launch of Jockey Health Information System

InCompass Solutions Inc. today announced that it has launched the Jockey Health Information System, a database that will store jockeys’ updated medical histories and make it possible for emergency medical personnel at racetracks to instantly access that information in the event of injury. There are approximately 400 jockey’s signed up and participating in the Jockey Health Information System

2008-10-15 00:00:00

NTRA announces launch of Safety & Integrity Alliance Program geared toward implementation of safety & integrity standards at racetracks

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will unveil its Safety and Integrity Initiative Oct. 15 and fully expects broad industry cooperation given progress made thus far, officials said Oct. 1.

2008-11-11 00:00:00

TCA, TRF and The Jockey Club Announce Checkoff Program

When Thoroughbred owners and breeders in North America submit their foal registration applications on or after January 1, 2009, they will be able to participate in a voluntary checkoff program, created and administered by The Jockey Club, which will assist two organizations that provide post-racing care for Thoroughbreds. The joint announcement was made today by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and The Jockey Club. As an incentive to encourage participation, The Jockey Club will match the checkoff on a dollar-to-dollar basis up to $200,000 in 2009. Checkoff proceeds and matching funds will be distributed to Thoroughbred Charities of America and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The Jockey Club has contributed over $800,000 (through 12/2012) to the program

2008-12-10 00:00:00

ARCI approves Model Rule Changes

ARCI approves Model Rule Changes for the Running of the Race (Crop Rule & Jockey's Weight), Helmet Standards, Emergency Procedures & Transport, Shockwave Flat, Androgenic-Anabolic Steroids-Flat

2009-01-21 00:00:00

The four major U.S. sales companies – Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders’ Sales – have issued a set of uniform policies that will govern medication, prohibited practices, riding crops, and horseshoes.

The four major U.S. sale companies – Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders’ Sales – have issued a set of uniform policies that will govern medication, prohibited practices, riding crops, and horseshoes, effective with the Feb. 17 OBS selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.

2009-02-11 00:00:00

Thoroughbred Safety Committee Announces Launch of Frozen Sample & Retrospective Testing Program

The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee (TSC) announced today that it will fund a Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) frozen sample and retrospective testing program that will begin in April. This program is part of the drug testing initiative that evolved from a TSC recommendation announced at The Jockey Club’s Round Table Conference last August.

2009-02-16 00:00:00

AAEP Releases Veterinary Recommendations through the white paper - Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse

It is with this perspective and commitment to equine safety and welfare that the AAEP formed its Racing Task Force in July 2008 to evaluate the safety and welfare issues affecting Thoroughbred horse racing. Catastrophic injuries, medication usage and a changing societal view of the appropriate use of horses in competition present formidable challenges to those entrusted with the care of the racehorse and the structure of the industry. The AAEP Racing Task Force developed this white paper with the intent of recommending practices that place the welfare and safety of the horse first while supporting those who seek to make meaningful change. As equine veterinarians, we are committed to working with the Thoroughbred racing industry to implement procedures that protect the horse. In addition, the AAEP expects its veterinary members to abide by the rules of all jurisdictions where they practice.

2009-03-02 11:04:47

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced a series of groundbreaking new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI” or “Company”) has announced a series of groundbreaking new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. These measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2, and will include unprecedented standardized third-party testing of track surfaces and comprehensive testing of all winning horses for more than 100 prohibited drugs. The safety initiatives will be implemented at Churchill Downs effective opening day of its 2009 Spring Meet on Saturday, April 25, and will be phased in at all other Company racetracks – Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans – by the start of their respective 2010 race meets.

2009-03-13 00:00:00

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to Fund 17 Projects in 2009

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced March 13 that it will fund 17 projects in 2009 and that Dr. Paul Lunn of Colorado State University has been elected to succeed Dr. Larry Bramlage as the chairman of its Research Advisory Committee.

2009-03-19 00:00:00

2009 Spring Thoroughbred Racing Telecasts to be Supported by "On Call" Veterinarians

Now in its 19th year, the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ “On Call” program will assist the spring season of live Thoroughbred racing on major television networks. The role of the “On Call” veterinarian is to deliver accurate veterinary information to broadcast and print journalists regarding the health of the equine athlete.

2009-03-26 00:00:00

TOBA LAUNCHES NEW EQUINE DRUG TESTING WEBCAST

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced today that it has launched a new webcast entitled “Recent Advances and New Innovations in Equine Drug Testing”. The webcast features Dr. Lawrence Soma, VMD of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center and Dr. Scot Waterman, DVM Executive Director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).

2009-04-06 06:49:47

Churchill Downs receives NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance accreditation

At a press conference today at Churchill Downs, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the Louisville, Ky., racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a comprehensive review of racing operations at the facility. Churchill Downs is the first track to be so designated by the Alliance.

2009-04-07 00:00:00

The Jockey Club Will Take Action Against Those Who Mistreat Thoroughbreds

The Jockey Club Board of Stewards held a regularly scheduled meeting today and unanimously endorsed the following statement from Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club. It is being issued in the wake of recent, widespread news reports detailing an animal cruelty situation involving Thoroughbreds.

2009-04-15 00:00:00

The Jockey Club Now Providing Free Tattoo Identification Services

The Jockey Club announced today that it has established Tattoo Identification Services, a free resource to help owners identify tattooed but unknown Thoroughbreds in their possession.

2009-04-17 00:00:00

Keeneland Accredited by NTRA Alliance

At a press conference April 17 at Keeneland, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the Lexington racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Keeneland is the second track to be so designated by the Alliance. Churchill Downs was accredited last week.

2009-04-17 00:00:00

Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory Being Launched with Broad Industry Support

A Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory designed to enhance surface safety for horses and riders is being launched with the financial support of a broad industry coalition, it was announced today by the laboratory’s coordinators Dr. Mick Peterson and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith.

2009-04-25 00:00:00

ARCI approves Model Rule Changes for Traction Device Definition, Official Vet Flat, Horseshoe Inspector, Interaction with Inactive Persons Prohibited, Transfer of Owner, Trainer Suspension Flat, TCO2, Pre-Race Exams and Vets List Flat, TCO2

The RCI Model rules are the result of decades of collective collaboration of the racing regulatory commissions in consultation with the public and affected industry participants. The Model Rules set a standard for integrity in horse and greyhound racing. The RCI Model Rules committee meets several times each year to consider proposals that have been submitted or to address matters referred to by regulatory members. Adoption of the model rules by all racing regulatory jurisdictions would provide uniform standards and regulation, a goal of RCI.

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