|Wednesday, January 17, 2007||Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326|
|The Jockey Club Reports Record Interactive Registration Transactions in 2006|
The Jockey Club’s Interactive RegistrationTM (IR), an Internet-based service launched in 1996 to simplify and streamline Thoroughbred registration, processed a record 112,420 transactions in 2006, up 7.7% from 2005, according to statistics released today by The Jockey Club.
“Our Interactive Registration program was developed and instituted to facilitate the registration process for owners and breeders and I think the steady increase in usage through the years clearly demonstrates both its popularity and its efficiency,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services.
Among the major registration processes, 72% of mares reported bred and 66% of name claims were submitted through IR in 2006, along with 61% of all Live Foal/No Foal Reports and 33% of all registration applications. The following table displays the growth in IR submission percentages for these forms over the past five years.
“While the IR submission percentages continue to increase,” said Iuliano, “we would like to see greater usage in the area of name claims.”
In 2006, more than 6,500 name selections were rejected because they were identical to names already in use. Registry officials encourage owners and breeders to check the Online Names Book, which is updated daily at http://www.registry.jockeyclub.com, to see if a name may be available before submitting it.
Enhancements to IR during 2006 reduced the amount of navigation necessary to complete registration forms. In addition, improved help screens and credit card payment capabilities were implemented in support of IR’s capacity as the preferred method for transacting business with the Registry. Additional improvements scheduled for 2007 will further enhance users’ online experience and streamline registration processes.
IR, available at no charge at http://www.registry.jockeyclub.com, expedites the registration process for its registered users by eliminating several manual processing steps that can affect turnaround time for issuance of Service Certificates, name tags, Certificates of Foal Registration and other documents.
Through Dec. 31, 2006, 658,064 transactions had been processed via IR since the service’s debut in 1996.
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