The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee (TSC) today announced a revision of its recommendation, “Timing of Title Transfer with Claimed Horses,” which concerns the waiver of claims from horses injured during a race. The TSC first announced a recommendation for invalid eligibility rules at the 2012 Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing.

The revision provides that a claim can be declared invalid by the applicant if the claimed horse is placed on the official veterinarian’s list due to signs of illness, lameness or epistaxis within one hour of the official declaration of the race.

“Research by Dr. Tim Parkin, director of Bristol Veterinary School and advisor to the Equine Injury Database, shows that courses that enforce invalid claims have significantly fewer deaths per 1,000 starts compared to courses that do not have invalid claims, ”said Matt Iuliano, Executive Vice President and Executive Director of The Jockey Club. (The full presentation by Dr. Parkin on the topic can be found here:

For the full text of the revision of the Invalid Claims Recommendation, as well as the full list of TSC recommendations, see

The TSC was founded in May 2008 to review all facets of equine health and recommend actions that the industry can take to improve the health and safety of thoroughbreds. The committee meets to discuss a myriad of safety issues with a cross section of industry representatives including jockeys, trainers, veterinarians, chemists, pedigree experts, handicappers, owners, breeders, blacksmiths, stewards, track managers and geneticists.

Members of the committee are Craig R. Fravel (Chairman), Dr. Rick Arthur, James G. (Jimmy) Bell, Dr. Larry Bramlage, Dell Hancock, Jim Lawson, Christopher J. McCarron, Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr., Tom Robbins, and Jaime Roth. Everyone is a member of the Jockey Club.

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