The need to improve overall horsemanship skills from the trainer to the groom has been a continuing objective identified at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. The Advanced Horsemanship Program is a free online educational program developed and hosted by The Jockey Club with content collaboratively designed to support continuing education requirements for those licensed to participate in pari-mutuel racing.
As a founding trustee of the American Horse Council, The Jockey Club supports this multi-breed, multi-discipline organization representing the horse industry in federal matters including taxation, immigration, interstate transportation, and contagious diseases.
A recommendation from the McKinsey study announced at the 2011 Round Table Conference, America's Best Racing is a multimedia fan-development platform sponsored by The Jockey Club to attract new fans to Thoroughbred horse racing.
With continuing support from The Jockey Club since its inception, the Equine Disease Communication Center was organized and continues to be supported by The Jockey Club in its mission to provide a central clearing house of information for mobilizing official responses during contagious disease outbreaks.
The Equine Injury Database (EID) grew out of a proposal first put forth at the 2006 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. Funded entirely by The Jockey Club and designed and developed through its commercial subsidiaries InCompass Solutions and The Jockey Club Technology Services, along with leading regulatory veterinarians in the U.S., the EID is the first national database to record injuries occurring during racing and training. Data from the EID are instrumental in developing injury mitigation strategies for the participating racetracks.
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act regulations required a nationwide system that provided treatment submissions to a central authority in addition to commissions with regulations requiring treatment submissions. Designed and developed by InCompass Solutions, EquiTAPS enables attending veterinarians to upload those treatments, procedures, vaccinations and physical evaluations for racing and workouts. EquiTAPS is the successor of the Electronic Treatment Records System, which was a recommendation from the Thoroughbred Safety Committee.
An educational program supported by financial contributions from The Jockey Club, Groom Elite educates and enhances horsemanship skills for grooms and caregivers.
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities is an international information exchange forum supported through financial, technical, and human resource contributions from The Jockey Club to develop best practices in horse racing toward achieving international harmony in rules of racing. The Jockey Club holds key positions on the Executive Council, International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloging Standards Committee, Reference Laboratory Appointment Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, International Movement of Horses Committee, International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians, Horse Welfare Committee, and the Committee for the Harmonization of Race-day Rules. The Jockey Club provides, on loan, a staff member serving as the secretary general who is responsible for overseeing the website, administering marketing, and managing all event planning.
The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses is an international information exchange forum supported through financial and human resource contributions from The Jockey Club to advocate for lifetime care of Thoroughbreds after their careers on the racetrack or breeding shed have ended.
ISBC is an international information exchange forum supported through financial and human resource contributions from The Jockey Club to develop best practices toward harmonizing the rules of registration among international Thoroughbred breed authorities.
The Jockey Health Information System is a central database, which is hosted by InCompass Solutions, 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 a jockey to participate.
The official national archive supported through financial and technological contributions from The Jockey Club, the National Museum of Racing recognizes, in new and relevant manners, the sport's most accomplished participants.
Through dues, sponsorship, and board participation, The Jockey Club supports the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in its mission to increase the popularity, welfare, and integrity of Thoroughbred racing.
The North American Racing Secretaries Association (NARSA) was formed in 2007 to generate feedback and group input from racetracks on product design for racing offices. NARSA also provides a consensus on issues and concerns facing track management.
Ownership tools were a recommendation from McKinsey & Co. at the 2011 Round Table Conference. As a result, OwnerView, a free information website, was developed jointly by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association for new, prospective, and current Thoroughbred owners. OwnerView hosts a yearly Thoroughbred Owner Conference for new and prospective owners, often in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup.
The need for a central resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership was identified in the comprehensive economic study of the sport that was commissioned by The Jockey Club and conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2011. The OwnerView site was launched in May 2012.
There is no registration fee for the virtual conference series, but registration is required. For more information about the owner conference, please visit ownerview.com/event/conference or contact Gary Falter at 859.224.2803 or email@example.com.
OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on aspects of ownership such as trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.
The Jockey Club partnered with O.S.A.F., a South American Association for the promotion of Thoroughbred racehorse breeding in South America, to host two Pan American Conferences, in 2015 and 2017. The conference was designed to foster communication and collaboration among Pan American nations and the rest of the world.
The Pre-Race Veterinary Exam software, developed and hosted by InCompass Solutions, enables examining vets to track the progress of a horse throughout its racing career. The aim is to provide a history on each horse to enable a vet to determine if an ailment is new and should be watched carefully or is an old injury that has had no ill effect on the racehorse in the past. Racing and workout history is also provided to assist in making race-day decisions on whether to allow a horse to run or not.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America is an evangelical, interdenominational, 501(c)(3) Christian organization whose purpose is to minister to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of the workers within the horse racing industry. The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation works with chaplaincies across the country to help them assist individuals.
The Jockey Club is a sponsor of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, a 501 (c)(3) organization that coordinates and carries out testing of racetrack surfaces for racehorses. The lab strives to compare a wide range of surfaces used in the horse racing industry.
The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium strives to develop and promote uniform rules, policies, and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public. The Jockey Club supports the efforts of the RMTC to bring national uniformity to the regulatory landscape through funding of suitable research projects.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) was launched in 2006 by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program and the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program to redefine and expand the former Stewards and Judges Accreditation Committee. The Jockey Club supports the efforts of ROAP, which accredits and provides continuing education to all racing officials, stewards and judges in the horse racing industry. ROAP enhances the image and upholds the integrity of horse racing at all levels.
The Jockey Club's checkoff program enables owners and breeders to financially assist five charities by selecting one of the designated amounts or an amount of their choice on the Application for Foal Registration form or during the payment process on Interactive Registration.
The Jockey Club hosts up to three paid interns per summer in its offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York, N.Y. Interns gain exposure to all companies and departments within the organization, and they have the opportunity to spend additional time in areas that they find to be of particular interest.
The Jockey Club Round Table Conference features myriad topics and prominent speakers from the United States as well as many foreign countries, and more than 300 industry participants now attend. Many critical initiatives over the years have been conceived and/or announced at the Round Table Conference.
The Jockey Club offers five academic scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry. The awards total $76,000 annually.
A resource for horse owners who are looking to rehome a Thoroughbred when its racing or breeding career comes to an end, Thoroughbred Connect is voluntary and is provided free of charge to Interactive Registration users through The Jockey Club Registry.
Launched in 2011 by The Jockey Club to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, the Thoroughbred Incentive Program offers Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, a championship horse show, year-end Performance Awards, a recreational riding program, Youth Ambassador Program, a Thoroughbred of the Year Award, and a Young Rider of the Year Award.
The 501(c)(3) Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industrywide funding. It was funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc., and it continues to receive monetary support from The Jockey Club today.
As part of its support of aftercare, The Jockey Club contributes to the Thoroughbred Charities of America, which raises and distributes money to approved charitable organizations assisting with Thoroughbred rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming; backstretch and farm employee programs; and equine-assisted therapy programs.
Through Interactive Registration, The Jockey Club offers free microchip and tattoo look up services to identify Thoroughbreds during and after their racing careers.
The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, presented by Godolphin and supported in part by The Jockey Club, recognize and reward the outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of the farm and racing stable staff who are at the heart of our sport.
Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings was launched in response to recommendations from the 2011 McKinsey study to develop new information resources for the industry. It is a free searchable online database of rulings on Thoroughbred trainers from racing regulatory authorities that was created and is hosted by The Jockey Club.
As part of its support of aftercare, The Jockey Club contributes to the efforts of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the largest equine sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, and retraining of Thoroughbreds.
Formed by The Jockey Club in 2008, the Thoroughbred Safety Committee was created to review every facet of equine health and to recommend actions the industry can take to improve the health and safety of Thoroughbreds.
The United Horse Coalition is an information outlet for the various aftercare programs throughout the country, which is under the aegis of the American Horse Council and is supported by The Jockey Club. It also serves as a point of contact for the general public to obtain more information and direct them toward breed-specific programs.
The Jockey Club supports the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, the only program of its kind offering a bachelor's degree and master's degree centered on the racing industry, through sponsorship of its annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming and by offering The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship.