Ticker
  • Favorite Tale is long gone in the Smile Sprint.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Big Blue Kitten powers home for his 2nd win in the United Nations.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Shaman Ghost flies home to win the Queen's Plate.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Bradester a strong winner of the Salvator Mile.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Aldous Snow just holds off Dynamic Sky in the Singspiel.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Dogwood Trail cannot be caught in the Grade 3 Azalea.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Gimme Da Lute just holds off Prospect Park in the Los Alamitos Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Private Zone dominates the Belmont Sprint from start to finish.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lady Eli magnificent in Belmont Oaks victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • Force The Pass wins the $1.25 Belmont Derby in a laugher.Posted 1 day ago

Study Shows Synthetic Tracks Safer

Horses running on artificial surfaces suffer fatal injuries at a statistically significant lower rate than horses running on dirt courses, according to epidemiologists who have analyzed data collected for a project tracking equine injuries.


According to an analysis of 754,932 starts over a two-year period ending Oct. 31, 2010, horses running on artificial surfaces suffered fatal breakdowns at a rate of 1.51 per 1,000 starts, compared to a fatality rate of 2.14 breakdowns per 1,000 starts on dirt. The overall rate of fatalities over the course of the study was 2.00 breakdowns per 1,000 starts.


Although the raw fatality rate for artificial surfaces has consistently been lower than the fatality rate for dirt courses, epidemiologists examining the data collected previously had said that the difference had not been statistically significant due to a relative lack of data. That has changed with the collection of additional data over the last six months, officials said.


“The addition of 376,000 starts to the database in year two enabled us to statistically validate certain trends seen in the data,” said Dr. Tim Parkin, a veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow who has been retained by the Jockey Club to analyze the data for a project that has been called the Equine Injury Database. 


“Trends will continue to emerge and evolve as additional data becomes available for study and as more complex statistical analyses are performed.”

  Read More

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories