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Dr. Woodrow Friend

Jockey Club, Rood & Riddle on microchipping

They’re the size of pencil lead, but as an identification tool for racehorses, the implantable microchip leaves an indelible mark; one that neither fades nor blurs with the passage of time. For it’s undeniable accuracy in revealing the identity of a Thoroughbred racehorse, and other breeds, use of the microchip has been embraced in the European horse world, according to Bob Curran, the Jockey Club’s vice president of corporate communications. “They’re a really good means of secondary identification,” says Curran, noting that in 2008, the Jockey Club began encouraging Thoroughbred owners to microchip their horses, offering them for sale on […]