Among the many important industry initiatives to which it lends its leadership and support, The Jockey Club is spearheading major initiatives that strive to improve the health and safety of Thoroughbreds and riders.
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. Committee members are Craig Fravel (chairman), John Barr, James G. (Jimmy) Bell, Dr. Larry Bramlage, Christopher J. McCarron, C. Steven Duncker, Dell Hancock, and Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr. Each is a member of The Jockey Club.Thoroughbred Safety Committee
The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club and hosted by Keeneland Association, was held for the first time in October 2006. The two-day workshop was designed to improve safety and soundness for the Thoroughbred racehorse. To date, there have been seven summits.Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit
The Equine Injury DatabaseTM
is the Thoroughbred industry’s first national database of racing injuries and seeks to identify the frequency, types and outcome of racing injuries using a standardized format that will generate valid statistics, identify markers for horses at increased risk of injury, and serve as a data source for research directed at improving safety and preventing injuries. The Equine Injury Database is funded entirely by The Jockey Club, through its commercial subsidiaries InCompass Solutions Inc. and The Jockey Club Technology Services Inc., as a service to the industry.Equine Injury Database
The Jockey Health Information SystemTM
is a central database that stores jockeys’ current medical records so that they are immediately available to medical personnel at racetracks in the event of injury. There are no fees for a track or jockey to participate.Jockey Health Information System