Meeting on digital papers to be held March 24 at Laurel Park

Horsemen are urged to attend a March 24 meeting at which new protocol for mandatory digital papers for 2-year-olds will be explained.

The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Grandstand's Conference Center at Laurel Park.

As previously announced by The Jockey Club, the transition to digital foal certificates began with the 2018 foal crop—2-year-olds of 2020. TJC said the benefits of the switch to digital papers are access via computers or mobile devices at any time; streamlined operations in racing offices, at auctions and for transportation purposes; no risk of losing or damaging foal papers; and not having to mail papers from track to track.

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Meanwhile, the Maryland Racing Commission Feb. 27 gave final approval to a regulation that allows for digital tattoos. An Association of Racing Commissioners International model rule states, effective Jan. 1, 2020, that a racing secretary shall ensure that the registration certificates for all Thoroughbred horses that were foaled in 2018 or thereafter have a digital tattoo prior to entry in a race.

The Maryland rule states: "A horse may not be allowed to race unless it has been lip tattooed or digitally tattooed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. For good cause, the stewards may waive this requirement if the horse is otherwise properly identified. However, the horse shall be tattooed thereafter within a time set by the stewards."

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