September 2015 Issue - page 6

Page 6
September 2015
Press release
The Jockey Club’s Board
of Stewards voted August 8 to
change certain provisions of the
Principal Rules and Require-
ments of the American Stud Book
and, as a result, microchips will
become a requirement for regis-
tration for foals of 2017 and later.
The microchips will be
used in conjunction with official
markings to provide an effective
means of confirming the identity
of Thoroughbreds for the duration
of their lives.
Beginning with foals born in
2017, a microchip will be provid-
ed with all registration applica-
tion and genetic sampling kits. In
2016, owners will have the option
to request free microchips with
registration and genetic sampling
kits when they report the birth
of a live foal. There will be no
increase in registration fees.
Microchips are a compulso-
ry component of Thoroughbred
registration in several countries
including Great Britain, France,
Ireland, Australia, South Africa,
Germany, Italy, and New Zea-
“Microchips are a fast, safe
and effective measure for enhanc-
ing the identification of Thor-
oughbred racehorses and have
proven successful in other coun-
tries around the world,” said Matt
Iuliano, executive vice president
and executive director, The Jock-
ey Club. “When coupled with
official written markings, the use
of microchips will improve the
efficiency and reliability of the
identification process throughout
the life of every Thoroughbred.”
“We have microchipped
Juddmonte’s U.S.-bred foals that
are bound to race in Europe for
years and it is both easy and safe,”
said Garrett O’Rourke, manager
of Juddmonte Farms in Lexington,
Ky. “The practicality that micro-
chipping can bring to Thorough-
bred identification makes it an
essential. The possibilities it may
open up to better manage our
horses is very exciting.”
The Jockey Club, founded
in 1894 and dedicated to the
improvement of Thoroughbred
breeding and racing, is the breed
registry for North American
Thoroughbreds. Additional infor-
mation is available at jockeyclub.
Required for
Starting in 2017
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