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Total Handle, Purses Decline in November

Total Handle, Purses Decline in November

Wagering on Thoroughbred races fell almost 10% in November compared with November 2007, Equibase reported Dec. 3 in its monthly "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators." Purses dropped more than 2%, but race days increased more than 5%.

Checkoff Program to Benefit TCA, TRF

Checkoff Program to Benefit TCA, TRF

When Thoroughbred owners and breeders in North America submit their foal registration applications on or after Jan. 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.

Jockey Health Info System Launched

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InCompass Solutions announced Oct. 10 hat it had 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.

Drug Testing Next Focus of Reform Plan

Drug Testing Next Focus of Reform Plan

The horseracing industry will continue with a serious push to enact reforms related to equine safety and drug testing, officials indicated Aug. 17 during and after The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

TRA Endorses Equine Safety Measures

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The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors Aug. 15 endorsed the recommendations of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee regarding the elimination of androgenic anabolic steroids in Thoroughbreds in racing and training, as well as other equine safety measures.

NTRA to Seek Commitments on Reform Plan

NTRA to Seek Commitments on Reform Plan

Support for a proposed national strategic plan for equine welfare and safety and other reforms will be sought Sept. 12 when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association brings together industry representatives for discussion and -- it hopes -- commitment to action.

NYRA Bans Toe Grabs Effective Oct. 29

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Following the recommendation of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee, toe grabs with a height greater than two millimeters (.07874 inches) on front horseshoes will be banned from all horses racing at Saratoga, Belmont Park, and Aqueduct effecctive Oct. 29, opening day of the Aqueduct fall meet.

Equine Welfare Heads Round Table Agenda

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Equine Welfare Heads Round Table Agenda

The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which in June issued its initial recommendations calling for the elimination of anabolic steroids in training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, will provide an update on its activities and announce additional recommendations Aug. 17 at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Wagering Plummets Since Triple Crown

Wagering Plummets Since Triple Crown

Wagering has dropped 11% on North American Thoroughbred racing since the end of the Triple Crown series -- at least by one indicator -- a disturbing trend that can likely be attributed to a variety of factors.

Jockey Club Launches Injury Database

Jockey Club Launches Injury Database

The Jockey Club has launched 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 in October 2006.

O'Neil Hired as TrueNicks Sales Manager

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Blood-Horse Publications has hired pedigree analyst Matt O'Neil as the new national sales manager for TrueNicks, a Thoroughbred pedigree statistics and research firm.

TOBA Panel Targeting Adoption of Rules

TOBA Panel Targeting Adoption of Rules

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hoping its network of members in various states is effective at lobbying regulators to adopt recommendations for rules in the area of equine health and safety.

RCI Committee to Consider Proposals

RCI Committee to Consider Proposals

The Model Rules Committee of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) will consider recommendations from The Jockey Club's Welfare and Safety Committee during its next meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Hearing Shows Racing at Critical Point

Hearing Shows Racing at Critical Point

Drugged equines, grisly catastrophic breakdowns, greedy breeders, damaged racehorses with nowhere to go, inaction and confusion, and industry leaders more concerned with holding onto power than doing the right thing -- a congressional subcommittee heard it all June 19 during a hearing in Washington, D.C.

Groups Have Say Before D.C. Hearing

Groups Have Say Before D.C. Hearing

As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

Ban on Steroids, Toe Grabs Recommended

Ban on Steroids, Toe Grabs Recommended

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced June 17 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.

Equine Welfare Key No Matter the Outcome

Equine Welfare Key No Matter the Outcome

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is prepared for "every potential outcome" on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day, but no matter the result, developments in the area of equine health and welfare in the coming weeks and months are of the utmost importance, the organization's president and chief executive officer said.

Safety Panel to Serve as 'Bully Pulpit'

The Jockey Club acknowledges it has limits on what it can mandate in the area of equine health and safety, but it does plan to use its new Thoroughbred Safety Committee as a "bully pulpit" to bring about change.

NTRA Wants Urgency on Safety Matters

NTRA Wants Urgency on Safety Matters

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to coordinate equine health and safety initiatives in response to the death of the filly Eight Belles, and on May 9 called for "urgency" and an end to the "status quo."

Jockey Club, NTRA Act on Derby Death

Jockey Club, NTRA Act on Derby Death

In the wake of the fatal breakdown of the filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors has scheduled a special meeting May 9 to discuss a course of action.

Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

Poet T.S. Eliot labeled April "cruelest month," but it is not a bad month on stud farms for foaling winners of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). In fact, over the last eight years, April foals have won three runnings of the Derby. February, the month that gives us both Groundhog Day and Presidents Day despite being the shortest month of the year, has been responsible for five winners.

Review: Racetrack Fatality Ratio Changes

Review: Racetrack Fatality Ratio Changes

The number of catastrophic injuries on dirt tracks has gone up while the corresponding number on synthetic surfaces has gone down, according to a revision of a report first given at the March 17 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

NYRA, Jockey Club to Host Belmont Bash

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NYRA, Jockey Club to Host Belmont Bash

The "Rags to Riches Belmont Bash," hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, will be held June 5 at the Clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury, N.Y. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Belmont Child Care Association. Tickets are $250.

Jockey Club Now Selling Microchips

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Jockey Club Now Selling Microchips

The Jockey Club is now offering microchips for sale to interested owners and breeders for use in Thoroughbreds residing within the United States, the organization announced March 12.

Summit Will Examine Progress

Summit Will Examine Progress

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, set for March 17-18 at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, will feature wide-ranging discussions of critical equine health- and safety-related issues, including progress reports from the working committees established coming out of the original summit in October 2006.

Wagering Down, Purses Up in 2007

Overall wagering declined slightly in the United States in 2007 while purses increased, according to "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" data released Jan. 15.

InCompass Has Pre-Race Exam System

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InCompass Has Pre-Race Exam System

InCompass Solutions, a company that offers software solutions to racing offices and horsemen's bookkeeper offices, Dec. 13 unveiled a centralized pre-race exam system that can be used by veterinarians employed by racing commissions or racetracks.

Drug Consortium Announces Two Hires

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Drug Consortium Announces Two Hires

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has hired Dr. William Muir as research coordinator and Hallie Roach as communications coordinator.

NYRA Announces Mobile Wagering Platform

NYRA Announces Mobile Wagering Platform

Sona Mobile Holdings and the New York Racing Association have reached an agreement where the gaming and entertainment software company will provide the racetrack group a mobile wagering application, it was announced Oct. 16.

Retiring Romanet Receives Jockey Club Medal

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Retiring Romanet Receives Jockey Club Medal

Louis Romanet, who will retire Dec. 31 after 40 years as director general of France Galop, received The Jockey Club Medal Oct. 8 for exceptional contributions to the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

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