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1 Alan Marzelli Progress Report Thoroughbred Safety Committee

2 Mission Review every aspect of equine health: –breeding practices –medication –rules of racing –track surfaces Recommend actions to be taken by industry

3 Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Past 25 Years –$15.5 million –239 projects –35 institutions

4 Racing Medication and Testing Consortium

5 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summits October 2006 March 2008


7 38 Racing Jurisdictions

8 Industry Stakeholders

9 Recommendations Tuesday, June 17, 2008 The Thoroughbred Safety Committee, with endorsements and pledged cooperation from many prominent national organizations in the Thoroughbred industry, today announced 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.

10 Toe Grabs

11 Low Toes (4 mm) Reg Toes (6 mm) Fatal musculoskeletal injuries 1.8 x 3.5 x Cannon bone condylar fracture 7.0 x 17.1 x

12 Toe Grabs Bill Casner

13 Toe Grabs “An immediate ban on toe grabs other than wear plates with a height no greater than two millimeters, and the elimination of bends, jar caulks, stickers and any other traction device worn on the front shoes of Thoroughbred horses while racing or training on all racing surfaces.”

14 Actions RCI Model Rules Committee –restricted toe grabs to no more than 2 mm Kentucky, California and Louisiana –adopted the shoeing recommendation NYRA, Penn National, Keeneland, Turfway and Finger Lakes –adopted house rules to institute the bans

15 Actions TOBA Graded Stakes Committee –adopted an eligibility requirement for graded stakes by requiring states or racetracks through house rules to adopt the RCI Model Rule on toe grabs by January, 1, 2009

16 Steroids The Truth About Steroids And Sports How Performance-Enhancing Drugs Went Mainstream

17 Steroids

18 “The immediate adoption by all North American racing authorities of the Racing Commissioners International Model Rule on Androgenic Anabolic Steroids, which was based on RMTC recommendations, that effectively eliminates the use of all anabolic steroids in the race training and racing of Thoroughbreds.”

19 Actions June 17, 2008 –10 states had adopted the RMTC model rule on anabolic steroids –12 states were in the process October 6, 2008 –16 have adopted the model rule –16 are in the process

20 Actions TOBA Graded Stakes Committee –adopted a new eligibility requirement for graded stakes by requiring states or racetracks through house rules to adopt the RCI Model Rule on steroids TRA board of directors –member tracks committed to work with racing commissions in their jurisdictions to eliminate anabolic steroids by the end of 2008

21 Actions Breeders’ Cup –announced that any trainer who has a horse test positive for anabolic steroids at the 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will receive a one-year suspension from the event –in 2009 the Breeders’ Cup will neither fund purses nor award Breeders’ Cup Challenge events to racetracks that have not adopted the RCI Model Rule on steroids

22 Steroids

23 Drug Testing and Laboratory Standards

24 “With the goal of developing a world-class drug testing infrastructure in the United States, The Jockey Club is establishing and will fund a task force…to research and analyze U.S. and international equine drug testing in order to develop a business plan for the most efficient and cost-effective infrastructure for equine drug testing and research.”

25 Equine Injury Database Photos: New Bolton Center Barbaro


27 Equine Injury Database

28 EQUINE INJURY DATABASE LAUNCHED IN US Jockey Club launches equine injury database Jockey Club launches horse injury database Jockey Club announces injury database system Jockey Club Launches Injury Database

29 Equine Injury Database Identify the frequency, types and outcome of racing injuries Identify markers for horses at increased risk of injury Serve as a data source for research directed at improving safety and preventing injuries

30 Equine Injury Database “Now that this system is fully operational, the Thoroughbred Safety Committee enthusiastically recommends an immediate and expanded level of support and participation from all racetracks, state racing authorities, horsemen and veterinarians to join together in the necessary reporting of racehorse injuries to the Equine Injury Database.”

31 Equine Injury Database No fee to participate 70 tracks have signed up (78% of racing days)

32 Eight Belles Fallout May 6, 2008 Racehorses Bred for Death May 6, 2008 Derby Death Stirs Call for Change Breeding Practices are Questioned; ‘At a Crisis State’ May 5, 2008 Hindered by a Fragile Makeup

33 Committee Philosophy “The Data Shows” not “We Believe”


35 Future Study Lasix Racing surfaces Breeding trends Field size Treatment and use of ex-racehorses


37 Thoroughbred Safety Committee Safety Initiatives

38 Alan Marzelli Progress Report Thoroughbred Safety Committee

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