Alan Foreman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and Dr. Scott Palmer, the Equine Medical Director for the New York State Gaming Commission, will offer a progress report on the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Foreman and Palmer, the architects of the plan, will provide background and report on the progress of reforms that have been undertaken in the seven states that host racing in the Mid-Atlantic region: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Plan, adopted in 2019, is the product of a collaboration of the region's racetrack operators, horsemen's organizations, breeders' organizations, racing commissions and regulatory and racetrack veterinarians, and many phases of the plan stem from the 2012 New York Task Force Report on Race Horse Health and Safety. The Plan incorporates five key goals: the establishment of regional safety best practices, improved methods to identify horses at increased risk of injury, the implementation of protective factors to reduce the risk of injury, information sharing and communication, and improvement of the general health and welfare of the horse. Members of the Strategic Plan have been working together over the past year to enact regulatory reforms and adopt best practices in line with the Strategic Plan's mission.