Published: Wednesday, 21 December 2022 09:42
Though the launch of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Anti-Doping and Medication Program has been delayed, its current Racetrack Safety Program remains in effect in Maryland. The Maryland Jockey Club has issued a reminder related to tests and vaccinations.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, all horses and ponies must have a Coggins test within 365 days. In addition, all horses and ponies must have within the previous 365 days been vaccinated for rabies, tetanus, western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE), eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) and West Nile virus. All horses and ponies must also have been vaccinated within the prior 180 days for equine herpesvirus (EHV) and equine influenza virus (EIV).
HISA in November said that Jan. 1, 2023, is the deadline for horsemen to have all required vaccines and tests recorded on the HISA online portal for all covered horses. HISA will begin enforcing the regulation at that time.
As required by HISA Rule 2134, a horse will be prevented from racing if the vaccines and tests are not listed on a horse's health records or not up to date. Also required is a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (5 days or less prior to entry onto the racetrack).
If a health certificate is submitted for a horse at a licensed racetrack facility or training center and is then transported directly to another licensed facility within the same state, another health certificate is not required to be provided. However, if the horse is transported from a licensed racetrack or training center to an unlicensed facility or farm between races or leaves the state between races, the health certificate must be presented.
HISA is requiring that horses entering the grounds of a racetrack have updated vaccinations and tests to enhance the health and welfare of all horses on the grounds of a racetrack. More information including how to upload test and vaccination documents is available at the HISA website (hisaus.org
) under the News tab.
In addition, the MJC in a text to horsemen said that as of Jan. 1, 2023, any horses that ship within the state from a non-1/ST Racing (The Stronach Group) property will be required to provide proof of vaccination for EHV and EIV no less than 14 days and no more than 180 days prior to shipment on the health certificate. It should include vaccination date, vaccine type and lot number. Horses that ship from out of state must have all seven HISA vaccinations listed on their health certificate.