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RFID Helps Certify Thoroughbreds for The Jockey Club

Beginning in 2017, the North American horse breed registry is requiring the use of RFID tags to track all of the 22,500 new foals registered each year on average, to help authenticate Thoroughbreds at races and at auctions.
By Claire Swedberg
Jan 24, 2017

This year, every newborn Thoroughbred foal destined for listing in The Jockey Club's North American breed registry must be tagged with a low-frequency (LF) 134.2 kHz RFID tag compliant with the ISO 11784 and 11785 standards. Each tag's ID number, which helps identify the horse, along with its DNA, visible marking descriptions and lip tattoos, will then be stored by The Jockey Club in a Certificate of Foal Registration, in order to help confirm that animal's identity. The tag, says Rick Bailey, The Jockey Club's registrar, will help ensure the horse's authenticity during public auctions, at races and potentially at private sales, provided that participants have a handheld RFID reader to interrogate it.

The Jockey Club, formed in 1894, maintains The American Stud Book, a registry of Thoroughbred horses, most of which will compete in races. Participants in the registry program—foal owners—receive a registration and genetic sampling kit (for sampling DNA based on their animal's hair) when they submit a Live Foal Report. The registry also controls such details as the naming of foals based on specific conventions. At a sale or other transaction, or when a horse is entered into a race, the registry must be accessed and the animal's data, listed in the registry, is compared against the horse itself.

When a horse arrives at the Breeders Cup competition from another country, U.S. race personnel can read its tag ID using a handheld reader.
The Jockey Club began offering RFID tags, provided by Datamars, in its registration packages last year, if requested, for the 22,500 new foals that would be added to the registry on average. The tags were provided to interested parties at no charge, though tags would need to be implanted by a licensed veterinarian, or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Each tag is inserted in the nuchal ligament in the left side of an animal's neck.

According to Bailey, approximately two-thirds of applicants last year opted to receive the tags, implant them in horses and provide each tag's unique ID number to the registry. "The response was strong," Bailey says. That tag ID was then stored along with the horse's description, such as its foaling date, gender, color, distinctive markings and parentage information. Numerous other countries already require RFID tags, including Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and South Africa. Many, Bailey says, have done so for about ten years.

When horses come to the Breeders Cup competition from other countries, Bailey says, U.S. race personnel can read their tag IDs using handheld RFID readers. This can help to ensure each animal's identity.

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