Just over a year after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro shattered a leg in the Preakness, 30 racetracks across the country are set to launch a program to record on-track injuries to horses.
Under the new system, veterinarians at each track will fill out a standardized form to compile detailed reports of the injuries. The pilot program begins tomorrow at tracks from California to Florida, including three in Kentucky: Churchill Downs, Keeneland and Turfway Park.
Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, where Barbaro suffered his ultimately fatal injury last May, hasn't yet signed on.
The monitoring system, one of the suggestions generated last October at an industry summit on horse welfare and safety in Lexington, Ky., will give tracks better information about not just how many injuries there are but also what causes them.
"It is not going to be an absolute panacea to eliminate injuries," said Mary Scollay, association veterinarian at Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park, who developed the system. "It is going to be a tool racetracks can use."
Scollay is compiling a computerized database, which will determine not just what percentage of horses are injured on a given race course but also the types of injuries, the location on the track where they happened and details about the horse - including breeding history and any medications they may have been using.
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