The Jockey Club Registry has made available a video tutorial and FAQs to assist industry stakeholders with managing digital certificates. Digital certificates were introduced in 2018 to streamline management of the official certificate of registration throughout the life of a Thoroughbred.
“A digital certificate follows a Thoroughbred from the farm to the sales to the racetrack to the breeding shed and even into retirement,” said Rick Bailey, registrar, The Jockey Club. “The foals of 2018 are now two years old, and they are the first Thoroughbreds to arrive at the racetrack with digital certificates. We want to help racing office personnel, trainers, and other interested parties learn how to manage digital certificates to ensure the process is smooth and efficient for everyone. For Thoroughbreds three years old and older, the paper certificate process stays the same.”
For those who do not have an Interactive Registration (IR) account, the first step to managing digital certificates is creating an account at registry.jockeyclub.com. IR has been used by breeders, owners, and agents for more than two decades to submit names, registration applications, and other materials to the registry office. Sign-up is free, and anyone with a valid email address can sign up for an account.
When a horse is registered, the person performing the registration is prompted to designate the first certificate manager. The certificate manager has control of the digital certificate, similar to having possession of a paper certificate. If a horse is consigned to a sale before registration is complete, the certificate is automatically assigned to the sales company.
A certificate manager can assign a certificate to an individual/entity, sales company, racetrack, or The Jockey Club Registry. During the assignment process, current ownership information can be updated, and if certificate management is assigned to a racetrack, a trainer must be selected.
Digital certificates also show logos that indicate Breeders’ Cup nomination, Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau digital tattoo status, many state breeders’ programs, and other important designations. Documents such as Coggins or a bill of sale can be uploaded to a digital certificate and are indicated by a paperclip icon.
For more information about Thoroughbred registry-related processes, please visit the registry website at registry.jockeyclub.com.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans, and farms. It founded America’s Best Racing (americasbestracing.net), the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing, and in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, operates OwnerView (ownerview.com), the ownership resource. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.