Owners who voluntarily pledge to make their horse’s veterinary records public can now upload those records to a page hosted by horseracingreform.org, The Jockey Club announced today.
After an owner creates an account and verifies their email address, they will be able to upload a horse’s veterinary records through the “Transparency” link on the website.
By creating an account, an owner’s name will immediately be added to the list of those who have decided to make public their horses’ veterinary records.
“We wanted to provide an easy and efficient way for owners to voluntarily make their horses’ veterinary records available to the public,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. “Increasing transparency into our sport is an important element of our continuing efforts to build customer confidence in horse racing. As a resource designed to advocate for medication reform, safety and integrity, the Horse Racing Reform website is the perfect vehicle to make this possible.”
Owners can upload their horses’ records or request that an email be sent to the horse’s trainer, enabling the trainer to upload the horse’s records.
“We were encouraged by the response from a number of prominent Thoroughbred owners and trainers who pledged to make available to the public veterinary records of horses competing in graded stakes races in the United States and Canada,” said Iuliano. “With just a few clicks, owners or their trainers may quickly upload their veterinary records. We hope to see continued growth and support of this important transparency initiative.”
Veterinary records should include the 14-day period leading up to the day of the graded stakes race. To provide complete information, the records should be uploaded on the day of the race.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is a founding member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the architect and sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing.