Several prominent Thoroughbred owners and trainers have voluntarily pledged to make available to the public veterinary records of their horses competing in graded stakes races in the United States and Canada, The Jockey Club announced Thursday.
The records will cover the 14-day period preceding and including the day of each race and will be available on the day of the race at least two hours before post time. The pledges take effect immediately.
The decision by the owners and trainers follows Monday's public proposal by Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club, suggesting that the veterinary records for every horse entered in this year's Triple Crown races be made available as a means to bring greater credibility and integrity to Thoroughbred racing at a time when millions are watching.
"The outpouring of support for this initiative has been dramatic and this is just a preliminary list of those who have stepped forward in the past few days," Phipps said in Thursday's release. "I commend each of the owners and trainers for taking a bold step to enhance the image of our sport, and it is our sincere hope that other owners and trainers will soon adopt this voluntary practice as well."
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The list of owners and trainers to make the pledge includes Adena Springs, Claiborne Farm, Darley and Godolphin, Will Farish, WinStar Farm, D. Wayne Lukas, Shug McGaughey, Kenny McPeek and numerous other prominent names.
Owners and trainers who would like to add their names to the list of participants may do so by visiting The Jockey Club website at jockeyclub.com.
Additional details regarding the initiative will be announced in the near future, the Jockey Club said.