So, What's in the News today?
- The Jockey Club, which is the Thoroughbred breed registry for North America, has revealed that it has released the updated version of the Equine Injury Database
- The website, which can be found HERE, will include statistics from over a dozen North American tracks, including some big tracks in NY, CA, and KY.
- Data included in the website consists of the month, year, number of race days, number of starts, age, and sex of the horse, distance of the race, and the surface on which the incident occured.
- The idea for the database was proposed in 2006, but not actually launched until 2008.
- The website is designed to encourage other racetracks to follow the Jockey Club's lead and make public their data in a standard, summary fashion.
- Analysis of the equine injury data suggests that over a 1 year period (November 2008 to October 2009), there were 2.04 fatal injuries in Thoroughbreds per 1,000 starts.