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KY now requires vet records, vet exam

September 01, 2020

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The new medication regulations in Kentucky require that all veterinary treatment reports be submitted to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and all horses entered to race undergo a pre-race examination.

The veterinary records requirement is satisfied by the treatment sheets turned in by your veterinarian.  If any treatments are administered by the trainer which the veterinarian didn’t prescribe, then a sheet documenting those treatments should be submitted as well. Treatment sheets can be turned in to the test barn or the judges’ office.  They can also be faxed to the KHRC office (859) 246-2039.

The exams should be done by the private veterinarian in the window from three days prior to entry up until entry day. The exam is at a minimum, watching the horse jog in hand.  A statement from the veterinarian that the horse has been examined and is in their opinion “suitable for racing” can be submitted to the test barn, the judges or faxed to the KHRC office. The notice from the KHRC is attached.

Any questions should be directed to Bruce A. Howard DVM at 502-338-3730 or by email at bruce.howard@ky.gov
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