Thoroughbred owners and breeders can now order microchip scanners directly from Pet Travel through a link on The Jockey Club’s Interactive Registration page at

The Datamars Compact Max Universal Scanner, which is manufactured by Datamars and marketed and distributed by Pet Travel, is available for $249.

In August 2015, The Jockey Club’s board of stewards voted to change certain provisions of the Principle Rules and Requirements of the American Stud Book and microchips will become a requirement for registration for foals of 2017 and later. This enables microchips to be phased in on a voluntary basis for foals of 2016 and enables breeders and owners to establish appropriate procedures with their veterinarian and identifier and to acquire a microchip reader.

“Countries such as England, Ireland, France, South Africa, Australia, and others have instituted microchips as a requirement for registration for several years now,” said Rick Bailey, The Jockey Club registrar. “Identifiers at the various racetracks in North America have also reported the microchip to be reliable in confirming identity from the runners importing from Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.”

Microchips are available upon request on a live foal report for 2016 foals and will be distributed for all 2017 foals. There is no increase to the registration fee for either foal crop.

When coupled with the review for written markings, the use of microchips improves the efficiency and reliability of the identification process for all Thoroughbreds,