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post #1 of 6 Old 02-26-2011, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Tattooing thoroughbreds

Can a thoroughbred race without having been tattoo'd?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-26-2011, 07:11 PM
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In the USA usually any Thoroughbred that is heading to the races needs to be tattoo.

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-26-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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What about in Canada?

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-26-2011, 07:36 PM
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NO, they can not get a gate card without a tattoo, and they can't race without a gate card. It is possible, though not terribley likely, for them to have a tattoo without having raced, if they break down between getting the gate card and their first race.

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-26-2011, 08:57 PM
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Every horse that races in sanctioned events must be tattooed. I had a Thoroughbred that was definitely trained to race (had it confirmed by the owner/breeder/trainer's vet), but due to unknown reasons, she never made it to the track, and was therefore never tattooed. I believe that its the same in Canada as well. TRPB does tattooing, and its rules apply for both the U.S., and Canada.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-14-2011, 07:26 PM
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in australia they only need a microchip,brand and papers
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