NY Equine Medical Director Scott Palmer Talks StrideSafe Know-how On Writers’ Room

Because the New York State Gaming Fee’s Equine Medical Director, Dr. Scott Palmer is accountable, greater than anybody else within the state, for horse security. It is a accountability Palmer takes very significantly, and with new wearable biometric know-how known as StrideSafe, Palmer and his workforce are doing revolutionary work in detecting potential musculoskeletal accidents, which result in nearly all of horse fatalities, of their earliest levels. Tuesday, Palmer joined the TDN Writers’ Room offered by Keeneland because the Inexperienced Group Visitor of the Week to elucidate the know-how and means of a program that, if adopted nationwide, may assist get the U.S. Thoroughbred fatality fee as near zero as doable.

“As we all know from our 20 years or so of analysis on this space,

85% of the horses that break down have preexisting musculoskeletal illness or harm, and if we will establish that harm early, we will intervene and deal with it,” Palmer stated. “You have most likely heard rather a lot about PET scans and CAT scans and superior imaging. These are nice diagnostic instruments, however they are not nice screening instruments as a result of to start with, they are not available. Second of all, they are not cheap. Third of all is that they don’t seem to be essentially correct as to what we’re measuring. In order that they’re terrific, however we’d like a screening system to establish horses that must go get that imaging, as a result of we won’t do a PET scan on each Thoroughbred racehorse. It is simply not sensible.

“[StrideSafe] is sort of a examine engine gentle in your automotive. While you’re driving down the street and the examine engine gentle comes on, that does not imply you must cease the automotive instantly, nevertheless it means you are going to get this factor checked out as a result of one thing’s happening right here. When you do not try this, one thing unhealthy goes to occur. So that is what we have here’s a examine engine gentle, and with that form of info, that is going to assist us to establish these horses liable to damage, as a result of we will see lameness earlier than a human being can see it or earlier than the jockey can really feel it.”

The StrideSafe system is about as large as a mobile phone and is put within the saddle material of racehorses at New York tracks once they run. It detects any deviation in every side of a horse’s stride and labels that horse within the colours of a site visitors gentle–inexperienced, yellow and purple. From their pilot examine final yr, Palmer and his workforce discovered that horses labeled purple had been a lot much less more likely to run again in the identical period of time as inexperienced or yellow horses.

“If a horse is a red-flag horse, it means this horse has received one thing considerably irregular about his gait. And that’s significant,” Palmer stated. “That is a hazard signal if we see these purple alerts. A horse can have a special diploma of variation from regular, and we’re not too apprehensive concerning the yellow horses. The yellow means okay, warning gentle, decelerate. Have a look. The purple gentle means you actually need to get this horse checked out as a result of one thing’s happening right here. And possibly it isn’t apparent to the human eye instantly. The horses that had been purple [in our study], solely 40% of these horses made it again to coach or race inside 4 months. Nearly 80% of the greens and yellows did. So in different phrases, what this implies is that I can precisely inform a coach, should you get a purple alert, you have received a 40% likelihood of constructing it again to race in 4 months. That is a very unhealthy enterprise mannequin, if nothing else, and it additionally implies that your horse is probably going liable to damage. So we’ll file each horse in each race at Saratoga, and we have been working with Joe Appelbaum and NYTHA, the place for all of the purple reviews, I’ll notify Joe and he’ll ship an electronic mail to the coach of that horse, saying that is what it means, that is what it doesn’t suggest, that is what it’s essential to do.”

Elsewhere on the present, which can be sponsored by Coolmore, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Affiliation, XBTV, West Level Thoroughbreds and Legacy Bloodstock, the writers previewed the highly-anticipated Saratoga meet, mentioned the suspension of Juan Vazquez and celebrated the penny breakage period beginning in Kentucky. Click on right here to observe the present; click on right here for the audio-only model or discover it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


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