Keeneland is encouraging consignors and veterinarians to make full use of the repository to upload and to view endoscopic videos of horses scheduled to sell at the company’s September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 9-22 in Lexington.
Keeneland has come out in support of a recent announcement from the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association endorsing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) “Protocol for Pre-Sale Video Endoscopic Examination of the Upper Airway at Public Auction” as a means of educating buyers and veterinarians about video scopes, to increase buyer confidence in the procedure and to help create uniformity among sales companies.
Asteris Keystone, Keeneland’s Repository software, has the capability to both upload quality videos of scopes and view them along with digital radiographs and submitted eye certificates or surgery letters.
“Keeneland is hopeful that through educating veterinarians, buyers and consignors on the capabilities of the Repository software, all parties will feel confident in using these procedures in the near future,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said.
Keeneland is committed to following the AAEP guidelines for scope videos. Any consignor that chooses to put such videos on file are required to submit the same no more than 10 days from the sale day of the horse and preferably once the horse is on the sales grounds. Consignors and veterinarians will receive Repository guidelines and deadlines prior to each sale.
As with the viewing of digital radiographs, registered veterinarians inspecting horses for prospective buyers will be able to view the scope videos in the Repository. Consignors will have the right to be notified when a veterinarian views a scope of their horse.
Keeneland’s Repository, which was established in 1996, is located in the Sales Pavilion. Registered veterinarians, who have established an account (and receive a username and password), may inspect the medical records of a sales horse online at any time.
Sales officials have also announced that for the first time this year, buyers may request at the time of their purchase that blood be drawn from their purchased to be tested for the presence of bisphosphonates. Buyers may also request that their yearlings be tested for anabolic androgenic steroids. Yearlings purchased with the intent of being exported to train and race in Great Britain are subject to British Horseracing Authority testing to detect the presence of prohibited substances such as bisphosphonates and anabolic steroids. International buyers may also request testing at the time of purchase.
These provisions are covered in Keeneland’s Conditions of Sale.