The Jockey Club and Association of Racing Commissioners International have joined forces on a searchable online database of regulatory rulings for Thoroughbred trainers.
Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings, which is accessible at thoroughbredrulings.com, stemmed from recommendations in this year’s report by McKinsey & Company on sustaining growth in Thoroughbred racing.
Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings, launched Dec. 15, contains about 12,000 Thoroughbred trainer rulings from 33 racing jurisdictions in the United States. The database will be updated as information is received from regulatory agencies.
“In response to recommendations from the recent McKinsey study, Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings is one part of a strategic initiative to develop new information resources to assist owners and other decision makers in our industry,” Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Jim Gagliano said. “This website was created as a service to the industry to make regulatory information more easily accessible.
“Over time we will add more features to this database and eventually migrate it into a new, comprehensive website for owners. We thank (RCI) and the regulatory community for their continuing assistance and cooperation in obtaining the rulings data.”
RCI president Ed Martin said the organization plans “continued joint efforts to automate the flow of public information to racing fans and participants.”
“Providing access to regulatory rulings is an important part of maintaining the overall integrity of our sport,” National Thoroughbred Racing Association president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop said. “Our fans and owners have told us repeatedly that they desire greater transparency, and this new website is clearly a step in that direction.”
The Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings database features sort and advanced-search functions supporting queries of the data, including regulatory authority, date range, trainer name, and racetrack. A list of regulatory authorities represented in the database, along with the date of earliest and latest rulings from each, is available on the homepage.