HISA test, vaccine information deadline approaching
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Monday, May 1, 2023
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.
John Waite To Headline Preakness Draw Party
The Preakness Stakes post-position draw will be held Monday, May 15, at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and will include a public concert by English musician John Waite, who is known for his many popular songs in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
John Passero Joins Team To Help Improve Laurel Park Surface
After days of negotiations, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association reached an agreement with the Maryland Jockey Club on hiring consultant John Passero to examine the Laurel Park dirt surface and make recommendations for its improvement in the wake of a string of equine injuries during training and racing.