‘StrideSAFE’ horse safety will be implemented during the 2023 season as part of the track’s horse health plan and renowned thoroughbred owner James McIngvale has committed to cover two-thirds of the cost of thoroughbred testing.
StrideSAFE is “a biometric sensor mechanism that slides into the saddle cloth to detect small changes in the gait of a high-speed horse.” These changes are said to be imperceptible to the naked eye and registered in the manner of traffic lights—green for all clarity, shades Variations in amber, as a warning of possible limp problems, and red, the most likely serious injury.
In a 2022 New York Auto Racing Association study of 6,600 starters, StrideSAFE technology was reported to accurately detect 90 percent of catastrophic injuries. The Rillito study was designed to identify horses that racehorse management veterinarians should examine before racing.
Testing of 1,000 thoroughbred and American Quarter horses during the race cost an estimated $45,000. Although the technology is currently only applied to thoroughbreds, Rillito will include quarter horses. Once the study is complete, American Quarter Horse race tracks can use StrideSAFE sensors nationwide.
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