04/17/2014 3:36PM

Owners, trainers pledge to make vet records public


Dozens of owners and trainers have pledged to make the veterinary records of their horses publicly available for graded stakes run in the United States, The Jockey Club announced Thursday, several days after the chairman of the organization called on the owners of Triple Crown horses to do the same.

The list includes prominent racing and breeding operations such as Adena Springs and Stonestreet Stables, along with many top trainers with influential clients, including D. Wayne Lukas, Shug McGaughey, and Bill Mott. The list also includes Phipps Stable, which is led by Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club who released the statement Monday urging the release of vet records for Triple Crown horses.

Under the pledge, the owners and trainers will make available vet records of horses entered in graded stakes for the 14-day period prior to the running of the race. The records will be made available on the day of the race, though The Jockey Club has not yet determined where the records will be posted, according to a spokesman for the organization, Bob Curran.

The movement to make vet records publicly available has gathered momentum over the past several years following requirements put in place in several states that mandated that owners submit the records to racing commissions for horses entered in high-profile races, such as the Triple Crown races. Supporters of the effort contend that the availability of the records will make the sport appear to be more transparent about the use of medication.

Vet records typically contain shorthand for common treatments and include documentation of all regulated medications given to a horse, and they also usually include the administration of electrolytes and vitamins. It is highly unlikely that veterinarians who have administered an illegal medication to a horse would list the drug on a vet bill. Absence of a drug on a vet bill is in no way considered evidence that a horse was not given the drug if the substance is detected in post-race urine or blood samples.

Acknowledging that the records could be misinterpreted by the general public, The Jockey Club said the American Association of Equine Practitioners has agreed that it “will provide to media, upon request, general information about medications and treatments described in” the veterinary records.

OscarWasAPiker More than 1 year ago
What took them so long? How many millions already stolen? They're closing the barn door here no matter what they do. Disgraceful.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Any measure for transparency and security should be welcome. The only reason people don't want it is because they don't want change. Their program is working and these measures will force change. Most Lucid Handicappers know what has been going on and who it was going on with. Its being confirmed by all these initial call to actions.
Bob More than 1 year ago
This is about far more than increased scrutiny of vets and their administering of drugs. It is also about ridding the industry of a-holes like Scott Blasi, Gary Stevens, D. Wayne Lukas and anyone else who is going to sit around laughing about the use of electrical devices, or referring to the horses under their care the way Blasi repeatedly refers to them in the PETA video. Very one of the people caught in the cross hairs of that video needs to be shown the door, PERMANENTLY!
Henry Bee More than 1 year ago
What happened to the "Race of the day" free PPs? Did it cost too much to give out a free PP?
Bob More than 1 year ago
Google BRISwatch and follow the link to get all of the free PPs you want.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This is a good start in a great direction. Soon folks will be asking for the list of those who are NOT on the list.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Some are still hiding WHY ?? You can figure it out. They don't want Change or tighter security measures But Why ?? You can figure it out
John Smith More than 1 year ago
Stevie boy is not on the list?? how surprising..
Hondo Hahn More than 1 year ago
I love the idea, but can we trust their will be no omissions. The records will look nice and pretty, but it,s so easy to forget to document knee or hock or ankle tap???
Arlene Factor More than 1 year ago
DOZENS ?????
Mike B More than 1 year ago
Like it....and maybe you make it a condition of certain races (already looks like the new norm at major tracks).. just as we have age, weight, etc... If you want to run for the big money, you submit the records (voluntary). Just add to all graded stakes: "entrants submitting veterinary records per stewards/track protocol preferred." It protects the credibility of the "graded" stakes--financial valuable for purses, breeding, etc.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Like your proposed condition idea...
tim blake More than 1 year ago
thank goodness no vet records could ever be incomplete or dishonest. i wonder if someone could ever figure out a way to break the rules with medication and illegal drugs without writing it down in a record that they know is available to the public and any authorities. sure sounds impossible. certainly implausible.