Preakness 149 Partners with Equine MediRecord and Business Infusions to Digitize Equine Welfare Protocols

May 15th, 2024

Baltimore, MD (May 15, 2024) – 1/ST has announced they will again partner with Irish technology company, Equine MediRecord (EMR) and their group Business Infusions (BI) to digitize equine welfare protocols for Preakness 149. This added measure will enhance the stringent equine health and safety protocols that will be in place for the race at Pimlico on Saturday, May 18. To make the process even easier EMR representatives will be onsite to help log each horse’s information into the EMR system with their representatives.

The EMR platform that will be used for the 149th running of the Preakness allows for the full veterinary history of the horse to be collected digitally and recorded securely. Use of this innovative platform will be mandatory and will provide all entrants, trainers and veterinarians with a user-friendly system to comply with the strict medication protocols for this year’s event. Integrity of the veterinary information will be ensured using the unique algorithms found in the EMR technology. Once the records are entered into the system they cannot be altered. Results are submitted digitally to designated regulators and officials ensuring the highest level of integrity and transparency of veterinary records.

To help prevent double entry of information entered by veterinarians BI have integrated their HVMS veterinary practice management system, the largest equine veterinary management system in the world, into several systems to ensure the required information for the welfare protocols can go to the multiple mandated racing officials to be cleared. One integration for HVMS will allow veterinarians to send required medical record information directly to HISA through HVMS which reduces the need for double entry into HISA while ensuring compliance to HISA rules.

“The partnership established with Equine MediRecord has proven to be a highly useful and successful tool to further protect the safety and wellbeing of horses. The inclusion of this technology and data collection as part of Preakness 149 is another measure available to us to enforce the standards of integrity and accountability that have become synonymous with 1/ST” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer, 1/ST RACING.

Pierce Dargan, Chief Executive Officer, Equine MediRecord said, “We are excited about our partnership with 1/ST and doing all we can to help ensure that best horse welfare and transparency protocols are followed in equine sport while ensuring participants do not have to enter information multiple times to be cleared. We are thrilled to be partnering with 1/ST for the 149th running of the Preakness Stakes.”

The Irish company whose technology is fast becoming the global standard for equine sport organizers has already amassed an impressive list of clients and users including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, British Horseracing Authority, Maryland 5 Star, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Arabian Racing Organisation, Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the Saudi Cup.

For more information on Preakness 149, visit or @PreaknessStakes on social.

For more on Equine MediRecord, visit

Press and Media Contacts:

Tiffani Steer, Vice President, Communications, 1/ST, tiffani.steer@1/
Pierce Dargan, CEO, Equine MediRecord,

About The Stronach Group and 1/ST

The Stronach Group is a world-class technology, entertainment and real estate development company with Thoroughbred racing and pari-mutuel wagering at the core. The Stronach Group’s 1/ST business (pronounced “First”) is North America’s preeminent Thoroughbred racing and parimutuel wagering company and includes the 1/ST RACING & GAMING, 1/ST CONTENT, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY and 1/ST EXPERIENCE businesses, while advocating for and driving the 1/ST HORSE CARE mission. 1/ST represents The Stronach Group’s continued movement toward redefining Thoroughbred racing and the ecosystem that drives it. 1/ST RACING & GAMING drives the best-in-class racing operations and gaming offerings at the company’s premier racetracks and training centers including: Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Downs (California); Gulfstream Park – home of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center (Florida); the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course – home of the legendary Preakness Stakes, Rosecroft Raceway and Bowie Training Center (Maryland). 1/ST CONTENT is the operating group for 1/ST’s media and content companies including: Monarch Content Management, Elite, TSG Global Wagering Solutions (GWS) and XBTV. 1/ST TECHNOLOGY is racing’s largest racing and gaming technology company offering world-class products via its AmTote, Xpressbet, 1/ST BET, XB SELECT, XB NET, PariMAX and Betmix brands. 1/ST EXPERIENCE blends the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality through innovative content development, elevated national and local venue management and hospitality, strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and procurement development. As the advocate for critical industry reforms and by making meaningful investments into aftercare programs for retired horses and jockeys, 1/ST HORSE CARE represents The Stronach Group’s commitment to achieving the highest level of horse and rider care and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing on and off the track. The Stronach Group’s TSG Properties is responsible for the development of the company’s live, play and work communities surrounding its racing venues including: The Village at Gulfstream Park (Florida) and Paddock Pointe (Maryland).

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