The California Horse Racing Board is working with The Jockey Club's InCompass Solutions to create an automated system that will correlate official workouts at California racetracks and training facilities with confidential veterinary submissions for the purpose of verifying compliance with CHRB Rule 1878.
Rule 1878 states in part that “a horse shall not be permitted to workout (unless) the horse has been examined by the trainer's attending veterinarian during the 72 hours immediately preceding the workout for the express purpose of evaluating the horse's fitness to work out.” Furthermore, “The evaluation shall be recorded in the Veterinarian Report in accordance with section 1842.”
Daily workout reports and veterinary confidentials are located in two separate databases. Currently, CHRB personnel must go through those databases manually to determine whether a horse had been examined prior to exercising. An integrated system via InCompass will streamline that process and ensure greater compliance with Rule 1878.
“The CHRB is fully committed to constantly improving animal welfare, which is the point of Rule 1878,” said CHRB Executive Director Scott Chaney. “Like many of our regulations, this particular one is trailblazing. As we endeavor to perfect the process, we encourage other regulatory bodies to consider adopting similar protections.”