Jockey Club Again to Award Scholarships

The Jockey Club announced that it will again be awarding $21,000 in college scholarships for the academic year that begins in the fall of 2018.

Source: Jockey Club Again to Award Scholarships

Equine Injury Database – Update from The Jockey Club

  • There continues to be a reduction in the risk of fatality on synthetic surfaces.
  • The risk of fatality on synthetic surfaces was significantly lower than the risk of fatality on turf surfaces, which was significantly lower than the risk of fatality on dirt surfaces.
The Jockey Club just released an updated North American fatality rate for Thoroughbreds that includes four years’ worth of data collected in the Equine Injury DatabaseTM, the North American database for racing injuries.Based on an analysis of 1,532,418 starts collected during the four-year period January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2012, the prevalence of race-related fatal injury was 1.92 per 1,000 starts. For individual years, the prevalence of fatal injury per 1,000 starts was 2.00 for 2009, 1.88 for 2010, 1.88 for 2011, and 1.92 for 2012.

“The causes of racing injuries are often very complex and involve multiple factors interacting together over time,” said Dr. Tim Parkin, a veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow, who serves as a consultant on the Equine Injury Database and performed the analysis.

“While the fatality rate has remained fairly static over the course of the past four years, the real significance today is that, with 1.5 million starts in the database, we have now established a baseline and we can begin to analyze the relationships between each of the individual factors. In the future, we will be able to design interventions based on these data and recommend actions that will reduce injuries and fatalities.”

Only injuries that result in fatality within 72 hours or less from the date of race are included in the national figures. It should also be noted that statistics from previous years are sometimes updated due to the addition of tracks or corrections in the EID fatality data originally submitted by participating racetracks.

Parkin’s analysis also found that:

 

  • There continues to be a reduction in the risk of fatality on synthetic surfaces.
  • The risk of fatality on synthetic surfaces was significantly lower than the risk of fatality on turf surfaces, which was significantly lower than the risk of fatality on dirt surfaces.
  • Female horses were at no greater risk of fatality when racing against males than they are when racing against other females.
  • 2-year-olds were at significantly reduced risk of fatality compared to older horses when racing on dirt.
  • Moving a race off the turf onto dirt or synthetic surfaces does not increase the risk of fatality.

Table 1 contains a four-year summary of statistics from the EID stratified by categories of age, surface type and distance.

The Equine Injury Database contains a suite of reports for racetracks to analyze data collected at their respective facilities. The Jockey Club also maintains a website that enables racetracks to make public their data in a standard, summary fashion at (jockeyclub.com/initiatives.asp?section=2).

Summaries of fatality statistics for a participating track include the year, number of race days, number of starts, age of the horse, distance of the race and the surface on which the incident occurred. A list of racetracks that have signed up to participate in the Equine Injury Database, including those who are now reporting their statistics publicly, can be found at jockeyclub.com/initiatives.asp.

The Jockey Club, through two of its for-profit subsidiary companies, InCompass and The Jockey Club Technology Services Inc., has underwritten the cost to develop and operate the Equine Injury Database as a service to the industry. By agreement with the participating racetracks, from time to time The Jockey Club may publish certain summary statistics from the Equine Injury Database, but will not provide statistics that identify specific participants, including racetracks, horses or persons.

4 Weeks of Kentucky Derby preps coverage to air on NBC

The 2012 Road to the Kentucky Derby series will be broadcast on NBC and Versus, the little known cable channel that is changing its name to NBC Sports Network. The series will include eight preps for the KY Derby and begin on March 24 with coverage from Turfway Park. It will conclude with the huge racing day of April 14 when the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby are contested.

9 Step Plan to Grow Horse Racing

McKinsey & Company was commissioned to look at what the horse racing industry needs to turn things around. The result was a report titled “Driving Sustainable Growth for Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding”  which was released at the annual Round Table Conference at Saratoga Race Course in August.  The consulting company reported that  if changes aren’t made soon, by 2020 pari-mutuel handle will decline by 25%, owners’ losses will jump 50%, and only 25% fewer racetracks will be viable.

 

The Jockey Club – not the NTRA – is going to put five years of funding, which amounts to millions of industry dollars, ito this important project.

Some of the ideas include:
  • fewer but higher quality race days
  • innovative wagering platforms
  • integrated rewards systems
  • improved television coverage for racing
  • free-to-play online games to educate the public
Many, if not most, of these items have been discussed publicly before but little to no action has taken place. What else is new? It is good to see that a concrete plan is soon to be implemented. However one has to question the amount of funding that might be funneled into this project.

Read more: Full details from The Blood-Horse

Ray Paulick’s commentary on this “Common Sense” plan