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Petition 11-2024: Limiting time on bleeders list

A. Brief Description of the Issue

Horses that exhibit minor EIPH are currently placed on the Bleeders list for 14 days for the first occurrence. If minor bleeding occurs it can potentially limit that amount of starts completed by horses. We are currently faced with horse population issues that can be compounded by this rule.

B. Discussion of the Issue and Problem

What specific problems or concerns are involved in this issue?
If a horse is observed to have bled to a minor level either during a race or official work out it is put on the Bleeders list for 14 days. We would like to present that an additional occurrence of 6 days placed on the Bleeders list at the discretion of the official veterinarian.

Who does the issue affect?
Alberta Horse Racing Industry

What existing HRA rules relate to this issue?
129 (a),(b),and (c)

C. Possible Solutions and Impact

What solution does this proposal provide?
Provides trainers of horses that experienced minor EIPH as defined by the commission veterinarian are allowed one additional occurrence of 6 days on the bleeders list.

How will the solution fix the problem?
It will allow horses that experience minor EIPH to get back to racing quicker and thus not impacting the Horse Population negatively.

How will the change affect any entities or stakeholders?
It will allow horsemen the opportunity to get minor EIPH situations back to the races quicker and allow the official veterinarian discretion to deal with minor occurrences.

What are the benefits of the proposed change?
Provides the commission veterinarian an opportunity to use discretion for minor EIPH occurrences.

What are the possible drawbacks of the proposed change?

D. Please identify any affected stakeholder groups that expressed support or opposition.

(These stakeholders may include the racetracks, breed registries, owners, trainers, jockeys, veterinarians, or others.)

For those stakeholder groups that have expressed an opinion, please list the points on which they agree or disagree, and the arguments they have expressed.
Century Mile: supports this change and has been consulted for input on this petition
HBPA: The board supports this change
Dr. Dale Gibson HRA Commission Vet-supports and has assisted with drafting this petition.

Are there any affected stakeholder groups that have not been consulted on this proposal?

Please attach any formal letters of support or opposition by stakeholder groups. Files must be PDF format and under 2048k for the system to accept the upload. You can add a maximum of 3 attachments.

E. Attach the rule language you are proposing. Please show new language in a new paragraph below the current wording. If you are proposing that current rule language be eliminated, please indicate the text to be deleted with [delete: sample deleted copy]

No deletions needed to the current wording. Petition to ask for an additional occurrence that reads as follows:
(a) 6 days for a minor occurrence as defined by the commission Veterinarian
(b) 14 Consecutive Days after the second occurrence
(c) 90 Consecutive days after the third occurrence
(d) 365 consecutive days after the fourth occurrence

F. Do any racing jurisdictions currently have a version of this rule in effect? If yes, please attach copies of those rules.


G. Review the Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta and identify any other Rules this change would affect and submit proposed amendments to those rules to comply with changes that would be made by this proposal.

129 (a,b,c)


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