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Jockey Club Introduces Microchips for Thoroughbred Registration
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The Jockey Club has introduced microchips as part of the registration process for Thoroughbreds.

Microchipping is voluntary and free for foals of 2016 and later. An implanted microchip will be required for the registration of foals in 2017. For foals of 2016, microchips can be requested on the Live Foal Report and will be mailed with the Registration Application and DNA kit. The microchips that will be distributed are the "Slim Microchip T-SL" model manufactured by DATAMARS.

”Microchips should be implanted by an equine veterinarian or under the supervision of a veterinarian before or at the same time the DNA hair sample is collected, markings are recorded, and photos are taken,” said Andrew Chesser, manager of registration service for The Jockey Club. “The horse identifier should scan the microchip and record the number along with the markings when identifying the horse.”

For more detailed information and frequently asked questions on microchipping, please see the Microchips FAQ page on The Jockey Club website. If you wish to purchase microchips for foals born in 2015 or earlier, you may do so at registry.jockeyclub.com

”We hope (Thoroughbred owners) take advantage of the opportunity to microchip their foals of 2016, becoming familiar with the process before it is a registration requirement beginning with the foal crop of 2017,” Chesser said.

The Jockey Club welcomes any questions and feedback at inquiries@jockeyclub.com.

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