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Equine Vet talks future healthcare technology of horse racing

Equine Vet discusses future healthcare technology coming to horse racing



THEN IT’S ANYTHING GOES, THAT’S FOR SURE. WELL, JOINING US NOW IS DR. MICHAEL HARRISON, WHO HAS BEEN A PRACTICING EQUINE VETERINARIAN FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE MARYLAND HORSE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION. I SO ENJOYED PICKING YOUR BRAIN THIS WEEK. IT’S SO NICE TO SEE YOU. IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE. THANK YOU. SO AND I WAS BUGGING YOU IN BETWEEN YOU DELIVERING FOAL AFTER FOAL AFTER FOAL THIS WEEK. HOW SO? VERY UNLIKE DEBORAH. YEAH. WE HAD A FLURRY THIS WEEK. YEAH, WE’RE FINISHING UP. WE GOT ONE MARE TO FOAL, LEFT. WE HAD 36 ALREADY THAT WE’VE DELIVERED. WOW. AND SO YOU COULD GET A CALL AT ANY MOMENT. AND SHE’S NOT DUE FOR A WEEK. REALLY? SO I’M FREE RIGHT NOW. OH, GOOD, GOOD. DOC, AT ANY YEAR, 25 TO 30,000 THOROUGHBRED FOALS ARE BORN OF THAT GROUP. ONLY 3035 WILL COMPETE IN TRIPLE CROWN RACES. AT WHAT POINT IN A HORSE’S EVOLUTION DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS? HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A CHAMPION? I THINK YOU HAVE. I THINK YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO SORT OF SEE THAT THE HORSE HAS THE CONFORMATION, THE CORRECTNESS, THE SIZE, TO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE A A STAKES LEVEL HORSE. BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE’S SO MANY VARIABLES ALONG THE WAY THAT CAN EITHER THAT CAN INFLUENCE AND DETERMINE THE OUTCOME ON THAT. YOU KNOW OF THE OF THE 20,000 OR SO HORSES THAT ARE FOALED, ROUGHLY 60% OF THEM MAKE IT TO THE RACES. AND OF THOSE THAT ACTUALLY GET TO, YOU KNOW, WIN A STAKES RACE A GRADED STAKES RACE LIKE THIS, IT’S LIKE 0.1% OF THOSE THAT MAKE IT TO RACE.

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