Jockey Club Reports Lowest Recorded Fatality Rate Since 2009

Edited Press Release

For the first time ever, the rate of fatal injury is below 1.3 fatalities per 1,000 starts. The initial data analysis from the 14th year of reporting to the Equine Injury Database shows a decrease in the rate of fatal injury in 2022 (1.25 fatalities per 1,000 starts) compared to 2021 (1.39 fatalities per 1,000 starts). This is the fourth consecutive year that the rate has decreased, and it is the third consecutive year in which the rate has been below 1.5 fatalities per 1,000 starts.

Analysis provided by Professor Tim Parkin from the University of Bristol and by Dr. Euan Bennet at the University of Glasgow also shows historic low rates of fatality on each surface type, for 3-year-old horses and for race distances longer than 8 furlongs.

“The data shows that since 2009, the risk of fatal injury during racing has declined by 37.5%, which is statistically significant,” Parkin said. “The overall downward trends are testament to the benefits of an evidence-based approach to safety, which is only possible thanks to the EID.”

Based on the 2022 data, 99.88% of flat racing starts at the racetracks participating in the EID were completed without a fatality.

“We can say with confidence that the risk of fatal injury is heading in a sustained downward direction both overall and in many specific areas,” Parkin added. “The six-month period from July 1, 2022, to Dec. 31, 2022, was the safest six-month period on record since the inception of the EID in 2009. This evidence of positive progress is very encouraging and should be applauded by everyone in North American racing.”

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