2010 Jockey Club Welfare and Safety Recommendations

So we have meandered our way through the 2010 Jockey Club Welfare and Safety Summit, picking our way through the panels, unhurriedly observing what various elements of the racing industry think about the issues facing the sport. And, finally, we arrive at the last panel, at which the members reported on their recommendations and goals.…

Summary of the Summit: Transitioning Thoroughbred Racehorses to Second Careers

Moderated by Mike Ziegler, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, this panel offered several retirement organizations the opportunity to share the details of their work and inform the audience about the various models of Thoroughbred retirement currently available. Kim Smith, executive direction of the Louisville-based Second Stride, said that her organization is…

Summary of the Summit: Racing Equipment and Safety

Racing Equipment & Safety Keeneland president and CEO Nick Nicholson talked about racing in relationship to other sports that have an “admitted, inherent risk”; those sports, he said, promote the idea that they are doing everything possible to make the sport safe for the participants.  Racing has, he said, a “moral responsibility to fans to…

Summary of the Summit: Equine Injury Database

Equine Injury Database This presentation is the one that has garnered the most attention and coverage, given its preliminary findings about equine injuries.  Dr. Mary Scollay, a veterinarian and equine medical director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, presented the timeline for the Equine Injury Database: October 2006:  Proposal for tracking injuries at the Safety…

Summary of the Summit: Updates from NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance and Thoroughbred Safety Committee

NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Update Mike Ziegler, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, began his presentation by noting that the Alliance had accredited 18 tracks in 15 months.  17 of those tracks were fully accredited; one was provisionally accredited.  Ziegler said that the accredited tracks accounted for more than 60% of…