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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

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

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.

Grayson-JC Research to Fund $1.2 M

Grayson-JC Research to Fund $1.2 M

On Feb. 15, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation approved a record allocation of $1,226,457 for equine research in 2008.

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

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

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

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.

Canterbury Park Sees Gain in Income

Canterbury Park Sees Gain in Income

Canterbury Park's parent company reported increased income during the third quarter of 2007 despite experiencing a 5% decline in total handle since the beginning of the year.

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

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.

Appeals Court Rejects 'Sally Hemings' Name for Filly

A federal appeals court ruled Aug. 7 that a filly can't be named "Sally Hemings" after Thomas Jefferson's most famous slave and reputed lover. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that The Jockey Club can legally bar horse owner Garrett Redmond from naming his 4-year-old horse after Hemings.

Agenda Set for Jockey Club Round Table

Agenda Set for Jockey Club Round Table

Medication, equine health, and the impact advance deposit wagering has on the economics of racing will share the spotlight when The Jockey Club hosts its 55th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing Aug. 19 at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Online Registration Usage Up, Jockey Club Reports

The Jockey Club's Interactive Registration, an Internet-based service launched in 1996 to simplify and streamline Thoroughbred registration, processed a record 112,420 transactions in 2006, up 7.7% from 2005, according to statistics released Jan. 17 by The Jockey Club.

Roman Ruler Tops Stallion List by Number of Mares Bred

Roman Ruler Tops Stallion List by Number of Mares Bred

The Jockey Club reported Oct. 19 that 3,053 stallions covered 59,434 mares in North America during 2006, according to "Reports of Mares Bred" received through Oct. 12, 2006. Unlike in 2005 when four stallions covered more than 200 mares each, Roman Ruler led all stallions in 2006 with 197 mares bred, two more than El Corredor. Giant's Causeway and Stormy Atlantic each covered 191 mares.

Welfare Summit Opens With Scientific Data, Frank Discussions

Welfare Summit Opens With Scientific Data, Frank Discussions

The public session that opened the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Monday in Lexington didn't provide just food for thought. The speakers and panelists served up a huge banquet of data, ideas, anecdotes, and opinions while kicking off the two-day event.

California Implants Microchips in 500 Thoroughbreds

Under a no-cost-to-the-owner, voluntary program approved by the California Horse Racing Board utilizing federal grants, microchips have been implanted in almost 500 Thoroughbreds at Southern California racetracks over the last two months for health, security, and inventory purposes, and there is sufficient funding for another 3,500 horses, or roughly a third of the Thoroughbreds that race in Southern California during any 12-month period.

Eight New Members Elected to The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club announced Thursday the election of eight new members: Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, John Amerman, Ramona Bass, William T. "Buddy" Bishop III, Tracy Farmer, Ian Highet, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Walter S. Robertson.

Wagering Transmission Protocol Released by Industry Organizations

A group comprised of representatives from eight North American horse racing organizations announced the release of Wagering Transmission Protocol ("WTP") Version 1.0. The group also is inviting commentary from interested parties that would improve and enhance the protocol.

Racing Protective Bureau Bolsters Tech Capability

The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau announced Aug. 20 that it has contracted with InCompass Solutions Inc. to provide information technology services that better enable TRPB to perform wagering analysis and conduct racing and wagering investigations through the monitoring of betting data.

2007 Foal Crop Estimate Shows Slight Increase

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2007 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,500, an increase of 0.5% over last year's registered foal crop estimate.

Former NTRA Commissioner Comes Full Circle

Former NTRA Commissioner Comes Full Circle

Tim Smith was a racing outsider when he was recruited as the first commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 1998. Now, he's again an outsider--maybe even an outcast--caught up in the acrimony dominating the quest for the franchise to operate the three major Thoroughbred racetracks in New York.

Chair of New York Panel Keynote Speaker at Round Table

J. Patrick Barrett, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Horse Racing in New York, will discuss the role and work of the committee over the past year when he delivers the keynote address Aug. 20 at The Jockey Club Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Racehorse Safety Summit Scheduled for October

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will sponsor a two-day workshop for presentations, panel discussions, and strategic planning concerning the welfare and safety of the Thoroughbred racehorse Oct. 16-17 at Keeneland in Lexington.

Microchip Data Offered Jockey Club Members

The Thoroughbred industry, owners and breeders can now report and look up microchip identification numbers through their Interactive Registration accounts, The Jockey Club announced March 3.

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