Medical card required for jockeys, exercise riders

Jockeys and exercise riders will be required at all times to have on their person a MedStar Emergency Card while on the track for racing or morning training effective July 1, 2022.
The card, which will be available through the Maryland Horsemen’s Health System, will list a person’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, emergency contact and phone number, agent and agent’s phone number, any allergies, and their employer if applicable. Also required is a list of current medications and confirmation of any medical conditions.
The card provides a contact number for filing workers’ compensation claims under the Maryland Jockey Injury Compensation Fund.
The card must be attached to a rider’s safety vest under regulations promulgated by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) Racetrack Safety Program, which begins July 1, 2022. The card will be required at any racetrack that falls under HISA.
“The information on the emergency cards is part of the new HISA regulations, but this is also about best practices,” said Dr. Kelly Ryan, a MedStar physician who helps manage the Horsemen’s Health System. “It’s critically important that medical personnel have quick access to a rider’s information in case of an emergency.” 
Cards and plastic coverings will be available through Diana Pinones at the MTHA office at Laurel Park. Call 410-902-6844 for more information.


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