Supported Initiatives

Advanced Horsemanship Program

The need to improve overall horsemanship skills from the trainer to the groom has been a continuing objective identified at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. The Advanced Horsemanship Program is a free online educational program developed and hosted by The Jockey Club with content collaboratively designed to support continuing education requirements for those licensed to participate in pari-mutuel racing.

American Horse Council

As a founding trustee of the American Horse Council, The Jockey Club supports this multi-breed, multi-discipline organization representing the horse industry in federal matters including taxation, immigration, interstate transportation, and contagious diseases.

America's Best Racing

A recommendation from the McKinsey study announced at the 2011 Round Table Conference, America's Best Racing is a multimedia fan-development platform sponsored by The Jockey Club to attract new fans to Thoroughbred horse racing.

Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity is a political advocacy organization organized and hosted by The Jockey Club to advocate for the uniform adoption of stricter standards for drug testing and enforcement among racing in all U.S. racing jurisdictions.

Equine Disease Communications Center

With continuing support from The Jockey Club since its inception, the Equine Disease Communication Center was organized and continues to be supported by The Jockey Club in its mission to provide a central clearing house of information for mobilizing official responses during contagious disease outbreaks.

Equine Injury Database

The Equine Injury Database (EID) grew out of a proposal first put forth at the 2006 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. Funded entirely by The Jockey Club and designed and developed through its commercial subsidiaries InCompass Solutions and The Jockey Club Technology Services, along with leading regulatory veterinarians in the U.S., the EID is the first national database to record injuries occurring during racing and training. Data from the EID are instrumental in developing injury mitigation strategies for the participating racetracks.

Groom Elite

An educational program supported by financial contributions from The Jockey Club, Groom Elite educates and enhances horsemanship skills for grooms and caregivers.

High Definition Television Grant Fund

Announced at the 2018 Round Table Conference based on findings by McKinsey & Company, the HD televistion grant fund is funded by The Jockey Club and provides targeted financial grants to racetracks wanting to acquire equipment to simulcast racing programs in high definition.

Horse Racing Reform

An informational website developed in collaboration between The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Horse Racing Reform raises awareness and rallies grass roots support for key medication and integrity initiatives.

International Federation of Horseracing Authorities

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities is an international information exchange forum supported through financial, technical, and human resource contributions from The Jockey Club to develop best practices in horse racing toward achieving international harmony in rules of racing. The Jockey Club holds key positions on the Executive Council, International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloging Standards Committee, Reference Laboratory Appointment Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, International Movement of Horses Committee, International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians, Horse Welfare Committee, and the Committee for the Harmonization of Race-day Rules. The Jockey Club provides, on loan, a staff member serving as the secretary general who is responsible for overseeing the website, administering marketing, and managing all event planning.

International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses

The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses is an international information exchange forum supported through financial and human resource contributions from The Jockey Club to advocate for lifetime care of Thoroughbreds after their careers on the racetrack or breeding shed have ended.

International Stud Book Committee

ISBC is an international information exchange forum supported through financial and human resource contributions from The Jockey Club to develop best practices toward harmonizing the rules of registration among international Thoroughbred breed authorities.

Jack Goodman Scholarship

The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship was created in 2007 and is awarded annually to a student at the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). The $6,000 ($3,000 per semester) scholarship is based on academic achievement, proposed career path in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and previous industry involvement. Goodman was a longtime member of The Jockey Club and is one of three founders of the RTIP.

Jockey Health Information System

The Jockey Health Inforamtion System is a central database, which is hosted by InCompass Solutions, that stores jockeys’ current medical records so that they are immediately available to medical personnel at racetracks in the event of injury. There are no fees for a track or a jockey to participate.

Man O' War Project

The Man O' War Project is a ground-breaking research study financially seeded and sustained by The Jockey Club to determine the effectiveness of equine therapy using Thoroughbreds for treatment of veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Microchip Grant Program

A recommendation from the 2018 McKinsey findings and recommendations, this program enables The Jockey Club to provide microchips free of charge to racetracks seeking to enhance the identification of Thoroughbreds in training.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

The official national archive supported through financial and technological contributions from The Jockey Club, the National Museum of Racing recognizes, in new and relevant manners, the sport's most accomplished participants.

National Thoroughbred Racing Association

Through dues, sponsorship, and board participation, The Jockey Club supports the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in its mission to increase the popularity, welfare, and integrity of Thoroughbred racing.

North American Racing Secretaries Association

The North American Racing Secretaries Association (NARSA) was formed in 2007 to generate feedback and group input from racetracks on product design for racing offices. NARSA also provides a consensus on issues and concerns facing track management.

Out-of-Competition Testing Grant Fund

Announced at the 2013 Round Table Conference, the out-of-competition testing grant fund program, funded by The Jockey Club, provides targeted financial grants to racetracks seeking to conduct more out-of-competition testing of horses nominated to graded stakes races.

OwnerView

Ownership tools were a recommendation from McKinsey & Co. at the 2011 Round Table Conference. As a result, OwnerView, a free information website, was developed jointly by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association for new, prospective, and current Thoroughbred owners. OwnerView hosts a yearly Thoroughbred Owner Conference for new and prospective owners, often in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup.

Pan American Conference

The Jockey Club partnered with O.S.A.F., a South American Association for the promotion of Thoroughbred racehorse breeding in South America, to host two Pan American Conferences, in 2015 and 2017. The conference was designed to foster communication and collaboration among Pan American nations and the rest of the world.

Pre-Race Veterinary Exam

The Pre-Race Veterinary Exam software, developed and hosted by InCompass Solutions, enables examining vets to track the progress of a horse throughout its racing career. The aim is to provide a history on each horse to enable a vet to determine if an ailment is new and should be watched carefully or is an old injury that has had no ill effect on the racehorse in the past. Racing and workout history is also provided to assist in making race-day decisions on whether to allow a horse to run or not.

Race Track Chaplaincy of America

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America is an evangelical, interdenominational, 501(c)(3) Christian organization whose purpose is to minister to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of the workers within the horse racing industry. The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation works with chaplaincies across the country to help them assist individuals.

Racetrack Surfaces Testing Laboratory

The Jockey Club is a sponsor of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, a 501 (c)(3) organization that coordinates and carries out testing of racetrack surfaces for racehorses. The lab strives to compare a wide range of surfaces used in the horse racing industry.

Racing Medication & Testing Consortium

The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium strives to develop and promote uniform rules, policies, and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public. The Jockey Club supports the efforts of the RMTC to bring national uniformity to the regulatory landscape through funding of suitable research projects.

Racing Officials Accreditation Program

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) was launched in 2006 by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program and the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program to redefine and expand the former Stewards and Judges Accreditation Committee. The Jockey Club supports the efforts of ROAP, which accredits and provides continuing education to all racing officials, stewards and judges in the horse racing industry. ROAP enhances the image and upholds the integrity of horse racing at all levels.

Retirement Checkoff Program

The Jockey Club's checkoff program enables owners and breeders to financially assist five charities by selecting one of the designated amounts or an amount of their choice on the Application for Foal Registration form or during the payment process on Interactive Registration.

The Jockey Club Round Table Conference

The Jockey Club Round Table Conference features myriad topics and prominent speakers from the United States as well as many foreign countries, and more than 300 industry participants now attend. Many critical initiatives over the years have been conceived and/or announced at the Round Table Conference.

The Jockey Club Scholarship

The Jockey Club Scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) to one recipient. Candidates must be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in the equine or applicable field of study that could be applied in the equine industry with preference given to candidates expressing a strong interest in a career in the Thoroughbred industry.

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Connect

A resource for horse owners who are looking to rehome a Thoroughbred when its racing or breeding career comes to an end, Thoroughbred Connect is voluntary and is provided free of charge to Interactive Registration users through The Jockey Club Registry.

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program

Launched in 2011 by The Jockey Club to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, the Thoroughbred Incentive Program offers Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, a championship horse show, year-end Performance Awards, a recreational riding program, Youth Ambassador Program, a Thoroughbred of the Year Award, and a Young Rider of the Year Award.

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The 501(c)(3) Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industrywide funding. It was funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc., and it continues to receive monetary support from The Jockey Club today.

Thoroughbred Charities of America

As part of its support of aftercare, The Jockey Club contributes to the Thoroughbred Charities of America, which raises and distributes money to approved charitable organizations assisting with Thoroughbred rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming; backstretch and farm employee programs; and equine-assisted therapy programs.

Thoroughbred Identification

Through Interactive Registration, The Jockey Club offers free microchip and tattoo look up services to identify Thoroughbreds during and after their racing careers.

Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards

The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, presented by Godolphin and supported in part by The Jockey Club, recognize and reward the outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of the farm and racing stable staff who are at the heart of our sport.

Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings

Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings was launched in response to recommendations from the 2011 McKinsey study to develop new information resources for the industry. It is a free searchable online database of rulings on Thoroughbred trainers from racing regulatory authorities that was created and is hosted by The Jockey Club.

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

As part of its support of aftercare, The Jockey Club contributes to the efforts of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the largest equine sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, and retraining of Thoroughbreds.

Thoroughbred Safety Committee

Formed by The Jockey Club in 2008, the Thoroughbred Safety Committee was created to review every facet of equine health and to recommend actions the industry can take to improve the health and safety of Thoroughbreds.

Uniform Trainers Test and Study Guide

The Uniform National Trainers Test was developed after review of the state trainers’ tests and other educational materials. The test is composed of six sections based on the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Model Rules, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Veterinary Regulations, the Racing Officials Accreditation Program Resource Guide, and individual local state regulations.

United Horse Coalition

The United Horse Coalition is an information outlet for the various aftercare programs throughout the country, which is under the aegis of the American Horse Council and is supported by The Jockey Club. It also serves as a point of contact for the general public to obtain more information and direct them toward breed-specific programs.

University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program

The Jockey Club supports the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, the only program of its kind offering a bachelor's degree and master's degree centered on the racing industry, through sponsorship of its annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming and by offering The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship.

Welfare & Safety of the Racehorse Summit

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club and hosted by Keeneland Association, is designed to improve safety and soundness for the Thoroughbred racehorse.