U.S. racing can significantly reduce horse fatalities, but do we have the courage to do it? | Topics: Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Racing now has some new technological tools and the equine veterinary talent to address the problem of pre-existing injuries and significantly reduce breakdowns in training and racing. Photo: NYRA.com

In my most recent View from the Rail, I wrote about a new technological innovation, the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan machine, which for the first time provides imaging of the fetlock (ankle) joint while a Thoroughbred is standing.

This equipment is designed to aid in the detection of pre-existing conditions in horses in advance of a race or training. The Stronach Group had just announced it was collaborating on the purchase of a PET scanning machine with the Dolly Green Research Foundation and the University of California-Davis. It is still being tested and…

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