Jockeying for Improved Equine Safety in Modern Racing

Jockeying for Improved Equine Safety in Modern Racing

19:27 23 May in Blog

Jockeying for Improved Equine Safety in Modern Racing

Preakness Stakes, highly regarded as one of the famed Triple Crown events, witnessed two deaths on Saturday, May 21. In what can only be described as devastating incidents, two horses died within the first four races of the day.

While headlines raced around the world boasting Exaggerator’s win of the 141st Preakness Stakes, the death of nine-year-old Homeboykris and four-year-old Pramedya resonated deeply with racing fans, horse owners, and the equine industry as a whole.

Pimlico Race Course, the second oldest race track in the U.S., is no stranger to death. A startling 31 horses died of injuries at Pimlico between 2009-2015, with more than 77 percent being age 4 or older, like Homeboykris and Pramedya.

Homeboykris, a 9-year-old gelding who competed in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, won the first race of Saturday by a half-length. The champion barely walked 100 yards from the Winner’s Circle before collapsing. Despite trainer Francis Campitelli confirming Homeboykris was in good health, track officials believe he suffered cardiovascular collapse.

Before Saturday, Homeboykris had run 62 races, winning 13 and securing a top three finish 28 times.

Just two races later, four-year-old-filly Pramedya suffered a left front leg fracture and was euthanized on the track following her collapse.

Pramedya’s owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, also owned Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby champion who shattered his leg in the 2006 Preakness. Though Pramedya was euthanized on the turf, Barbaro underwent surgery first before being euthanized eight months later after developing laminitis.

Unfortunately, Homeboykris and Pramedya are continued proof that we need to continue improving equine safety, both on and off the track.

A 2012 study by the New York Times found that 24 horses die each week in the United States, on average. Congress has played a role in ensuring the horse racing industry is taking measures to increase safety for both horses and riders.

While Congress’ involvement is certainly sure to advance industry progress, what about technology?

Technology has the capability to play a major role in increasing safety for horses – which is what LARC TEST is determined to achieve. LARC TEST, developed over years of in-field studies with race horses, listens to the heart, muscles, and lungs of horses to determine the intensity of the horse’s training in a safe, efficient manner.

Owners using LARC TEST have access to the most innovative diagnostic tool in the industry, which details the status of the horse’s physical condition, including whether the physical exertion that day was too demanding, or not demanding enough for the horse.

LARC TEST generates report that alert users whether any subclinical pulmonary conditions are presenting an obstacle in the lungs, as well as whether a treatment is needed to prevent increase in muscle enzyme, and alert users whether any subclinical.

With technology presenting multitudes of opportunity in today’s world, horse owners, trainers, and veterinarians have turned to LARC TEST to improve their horse’s performance.

Keep your horse healthy and safe with only a few quick steps. Download the free LARC TEST app (available in either Apple Store or Google Play) and register at