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Update: March 20, 2023 at 10:24 a.m
Edited press release
For the first time, fatal injury rates were below 1.3 deaths per 1,000 starts. Analysis of initial data from the 14th year of reporting to the Equestrian Injury Database shows fatal injury rates by 2022 (1.25 deaths per 1,000 starts) compared to 2021 (1.39 deaths per 1,000 departures). This is the fourth year in a row that the rate has decreased and the third year in a row that it has been below 1.5 deaths per 1,000 departures.
Analysis provided by Professor Tim Parkin from the University of Bristol and Dr Euan Bennet at the University of Glasgow also shows historically low mortality rates per surface type, for 3-year-old horses and long race distances. more than 8 furlongs.
“The data shows that since 2009, the risk of fatal injury while racing has decreased by 37.5%, which is statistically significant,” Parkin said. “The overall downtrend is testament to the benefits of an evidence-based safe-haven approach, which is only possible thanks to EID.”
Based on 2022 data, 99.88% of flat races that started at EID participating tracks completed without a single fatality.
Parkin added: “We can say with confidence that the risk of fatal injury is on a steady downward trend both overall and in many specific areas. “The six-month period from July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, is the safest six-month period on record since the start of EID in 2009. Evidence of progress is cumulative. This pole is very encouraging and should be applauded by everyone in the North American race.