Baltimore, Md. – 1/ST, owners of the home of the Preakness Stakes, announced today that they would be extending their partnership with Irish technology company Equine MediRecord to digitize veterinary records and equine welfare protocol documents for this year’s event. This added measure will enhance the stringent equine health and safety protocols that will be in place not only for the Preakness Stakes on 21st May but also other races leading up to the American Classic including the Black Eyed Susan on 20th May and UAE President’s Cup Arabian Race on 21st May at Pimlico Race Course.
The Equine MediRecord platform will allow for the full veterinary history of the horse to be collected digitally and recorded securely as well as allowing for other mandatory equine welfare documents to be collected. Use of this innovative platform will be mandatory and will provide all entrants, trainers and veterinarians with a user-friendly system to comply with the strict medication protocols for this year’s event. Integrity of the veterinary information will be ensured using the unique algorithms found in the Equine MediRecord technology. Once the records are entered into the system they cannot be altered. Results are submitted digitally to designated regulators and officials ensuring the highest level of integrity and transparency of veterinary records.
“The partnership established with Equine MediRecord earlier this year proved to be a highly useful and successful tool to further protect the safety and wellbeing of horses. The inclusion of this technology and data collection as part of Preakness 147 is another measure available to us to enforce the standards of integrity and accountability that have become synonymous with 1/ST RACING.” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer, 1/ST RACING.
“Our Equine MediRecord platform has seen extensive international traction in the three-years since we have launched and we are thrilled to be strengthening our relationship with 1/ST for the Preakness Stakes,” said Pierce Dargan, Chief Executive Officer, Equine MediRecord. “We are excited about increasing our partnership with 1/ST and having our system used for the first time at an American Classic. We are proud to be doing all we can to help ensure that best horse welfare and transparency protocols are followed in equine sport”
The Irish company whose technology is fast becoming the global standard for equine sport organizers has already amassed an impressive list of clients and users including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Irish Veterinary and Welfare Commission, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Arabian Racing Organisation, Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Pegasus World Cup and the Saudi Cup.
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