Thoroughbred Safety Committee

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee was created in May 2008 to review every facet of equine health and to recommend actions the industry can take to improve the health and safety of Thoroughbreds.

The committee convenes to discuss myriad safety issues with a cross section of industry representatives, including jockeys, trainers, veterinarians, chemists, pedigree experts, handicappers, owners, breeders, blacksmiths, racing commissioners, racetrack executives and geneticists.

Committee members are Craig R. Fravel (chairman), John Barr, James G. (Jimmy) Bell, Dr. Larry Bramlage, Dell Hancock, Christopher J. McCarron, and Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr. Each is a member of The Jockey Club.


3/27/19 Discontinue Use of Bisphosphonates in Horses in Race Training
3/27/19 Creation of an Industry Crisis Response Plan
3/27/19 Recording Additional Data or Making Additional Data Sources Available for Analysis of Factors Associated with Increased Risk of Racing Fatality
3/27/19 Establishing an Equine Medical Professional Resource
8/12/18 Recording Training Fatalities in the Equine Injury Database
8/13/17 Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Regulations
8/13/17 Self-Reporting Statistics from the Equine Injury Database (EID)
8/13/17 Disclosure of all Veterinary Medical Records to New Ownership
8/14/16 Use of Crop
8/14/16 National Uniform Veterinarian's List
8/09/15 Post-Mortem Database
8/09/15 Horses Working and Testing off the Vet's List
8/10/14 Advanced Horsemanship Program
8/10/14 Racing Integrity Hotline
8/11/13 Electronic Treatment Records Database
8/11/13 National Uniform Medication Program
8/11/13 Selection and Testing Policy
8/12/12 Protocol for Investigating and Reporting Fatalities Occurring On-Track
8/12/12 Timing of Title Transfer with Claimed Horses
8/14/11 Reformed Racing Medication Rules
8/14/11 Racetrack Veterinary Fee Structures
8/22/10 Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
8/22/10 Drug Testing & Laboratory Standards
8/22/10 Pre-Race Inspections
8/22/10 Rider Accident Database
8/17/08 TCO2 Testing
8/17/08 Equine Injury Database
8/17/08 Uniform Penalties
8/17/08 Drug Testing & Laboratory Standards
6/17/08 Shoes and Hoof Care (Modified July 22, 2009)
6/17/08 Safety Riding Crops
6/17/08 Anabolic Steroids