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Gulfstream Park Revises Shock Wave Treatment Policy; Track to Also Require Post-Claim Vet Report on Joint Injections

As of July 1, 2015, Gulfstream Park will enforce two new rules designed to ensure the safety and welfare of both horses and horsemen.   The rules, which involve the post-claim reporting of joint injections and the veterinarian registration of shock wave therapy machines, are described below.

Claimed Horse’s Trainer of Record Must Report Joint Injections During Past 30 Days

Within 72 hours of a horse being claimed, the Trainer of Record of the horse that was claimed shall have his or her Veterinarian supply a report in writing or email to Gulfstream Park’s Equine Health and Safety Director Dr. Robert O’Neil, DVM on the joint(s) injection(s) performed on said animal within the last 30 days.  The report must include joint(s) involved, medication used (Depo-Medrol, Hyaluronic acid, etc.) and the dose used.  This data will be shared with the party who claimed the said animal.

New Shock Wave Treatment Policy–Veterinarians Must Register Therapy Machines Prior to Use

Effective July 1, 2015, Gulfstream Park’s policy on Shock Wave Treatment is being amended.  The new Policy will be followed at Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West (Calder) and Palm Meadows Training Center.  The new procedures will be as follows:

Shock Wave Therapy machines used for treatment of horses racing at Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West or stabled at the Palm Meadows Training Center must be registered with the Senior Association Veterinarian, Patti Marquis, DVM.

Before administering Shock Wave therapy to a horse, the treating Veterinarian will be required to contact Security in the Stable Office of corresponding facility.  Security will ensure that a signed revised Shock Wave Treatment Policy is on file. If not on file, Security will have the requesting Veterinarian sign the revised Shock Wave Treatment Policy prior to authorizing treatment. Security personnel will accompany the treating Veterinarian to the barn and remain present during the treatment of a horse.

A Shock Wave Treatment Report must also be prepared and turned over to Security before the treatment is completed. Shock Wave Treatments may be administered seven days a week, but will be restricted timewise to between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Security will make every reasonable effort to have an Officer available to accompany the attending Veterinarian and verify the treatment.  Veterinarians planning to the treat several horses during one session are encouraged to plan ahead and make an appointment with Security as soon as practicable.

The attending Veterinarian will continue to be responsible for reporting all Shock Wave Therapy treatments within 24 hours to Dr. Marquis.
Reporting may be made by either a telephone call or text message to Dr. Marquis. Her number is (305) 206-7034. Shock Wave Treatment Reports will be maintained by Security and will be made available upon request.

Horses may not race for a minimum of ten (10) days after receiving a Shock Wave Therapy treatment.  Day “one” will be considered the first day following the date of the treatment.

Violations of the Shock Wave Treatment Policies shall be subject to Gulfstream Management review. Penalties may include monetary fines, the revocation of Gulfstream Park credentials and/or the denial of the privilege of working on the grounds of all Stronach Group Properties.

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