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Slide 1:Alan Marzelli Progress ReportThoroughbred Safety Committee

Slide 2:Mission Review every aspect of equine health: breeding practices medication rules of racing track surfaces Recommend actions to be taken by industry

Slide 3:Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Past 25 Years $15.5 million 239 projects 35 institutions

Slide 4:Racing Medication and Testing Consortium

Slide 5:Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summits

Slide 7:38 Racing Jurisdictions

Slide 8:Industry Stakeholders

Slide 9:Recommendations

Slide 10:Toe Grabs

Slide 11:Toe Grabs Low Toes (4 mm) Reg Toes (6 mm) Fatal musculoskeletal injuries 1.8 x 3.5 x Cannon bone condylar fracture 7.0 x 17.1 x

Slide 12:Toe Grabs Bill Casner

Slide 13:Toe Grabs An immediate ban on toe grabs other than wear plates with a height no greater than two millimeters, and the elimination of bends, jar caulks, stickers and any other traction device worn on the front shoes of Thoroughbred horses while racing or training on all racing surfaces.

Slide 14:Actions RCI Model Rules Committee restricted toe grabs to no more than 2 mm Kentucky, California and Louisiana adopted the shoeing recommendation NYRA, Penn National, Keeneland, Turfway and Finger Lakes adopted house rules to institute the bans

Slide 15:Actions TOBA Graded Stakes Committee adopted an eligibility requirement for graded stakes by requiring states or racetracks through house rules to adopt the RCI Model Rule on toe grabs by January, 1, 2009

Slide 16:Steroids

Slide 17:Steroids

Slide 18:Steroids The immediate adoption by all North American racing authorities of the Racing Commissioners International Model Rule on Androgenic Anabolic Steroids, which was based on RMTC recommendations, that effectively eliminates the use of all anabolic steroids in the race training and racing of Thoroughbreds.

Slide 19:Actions June 17, 2008 10 states had adopted the RMTC model rule on anabolic steroids 12 states were in the process October 6, 2008 16 have adopted the model rule 16 are in the process

Slide 20:Actions TOBA Graded Stakes Committee adopted a new eligibility requirement for graded stakes by requiring states or racetracks through house rules to adopt the RCI Model Rule on steroids TRA board of directors member tracks committed to work with racing commissions in their jurisdictions to eliminate anabolic steroids by the end of 2008

Slide 21:Actions Breeders Cup announced that any trainer who has a horse test positive for anabolic steroids at the 2008 Breeders Cup World Championships will receive a one-year suspension from the event in 2009 the Breeders Cup will neither fund purses nor award Breeders Cup Challenge events to racetracks that have not adopted the RCI Model Rule on steroids

Slide 22:Steroids

Slide 23:Drug Testing and Laboratory Standards

Slide 24:Drug Testing and Laboratory Standards With the goal of developing a world-class drug testing infrastructure in the United States, The Jockey Club is establishing and will fund a task forceto research and analyze U.S. and international equine drug testing in order to develop a business plan for the most efficient and cost-effective infrastructure for equine drug testing and research.

Slide 25:Equine Injury Database

Slide 27:Equine Injury Database

Slide 28:Equine Injury Database

Slide 29:Equine Injury Database Identify the frequency, types and outcome of racing injuries Identify markers for horses at increased risk of injury Serve as a data source for research directed at improving safety and preventing injuries

Slide 30:Equine Injury Database Now that this system is fully operational, the Thoroughbred Safety Committee enthusiastically recommends an immediate and expanded level of support and participation from all racetracks, state racing authorities, horsemen and veterinarians to join together in the necessary reporting of racehorse injuries to the Equine Injury Database.

Slide 31:Equine Injury Database No fee to participate 70 tracks have signed up (78% of racing days)

Slide 32:Eight Belles Fallout

Slide 33:Committee Philosophy The Data Shows not We Believe


Slide 35:Future Study Lasix Racing surfaces Breeding trends Field size Treatment and use of ex-racehorses

Slide 37:Thoroughbred Safety Committee

Slide 38:Alan Marzelli Progress ReportThoroughbred Safety Committee

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