by Natalie Voss | 08.20.2014 | 11:30pm
From the Paulick Report
When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record.
Legally, an animal’s medical history belongs to its owner, but a change in ownership of the animal does not result in a change in ownership of the records—meaning a previous owner and trainer do not have to disclose to a new owner what they did with the horse if they don’t want to. At last month’s Grayson-Jockey Club Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, trainer Gary Contessa expressed frustration with the lack of medical records disclosure in the claiming game.
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