Tuesday, March 6, 2012

In the News: Equine Injury Database

It is Newsworthy Tuesday, today, which means that I get to pick a horse article from the web and share it with the viewers and readers of The Equus Ally. But instead of compiling information about the topic into a whole bunch of paragraphs that look a lot like a news article in and of itself, I am going to list the main points of the subject at hand. This way, the reader, you, can look over the main points without having to rifle through all of that other stuff...

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.
Any thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. Being faced with grim numbers is always motivation to take extra precautions... Hopefully this snowballs into industry actualization rather than protesters up in arms followed by intrusive regulation.

    It'll be interesting to see how the data will be used.