February 17, 2008

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a record allocation of $1,226,457 for equine research in 2008. The funds will underwrite a slate of 14 start-up projects and 10 second-year proposals.

This marks the foundation's fourth consecutive year of record funding and the second consecutive year that it is providing more than $1 million for equine research.

"This continued increase is testimony to the generosity of board members and many others in the world of horses," said Edward L. Bowen, foundation president. "These individuals and companies understand the importance and effectiveness of scientific research as well as the reality that progress requires funding."

This year's slate of projects brings the foundation's totals during the last 25 years to more than $15.5 million for 239 projects at 35 institutions.

All proposals submitted by scientists to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation are evaluated by a 32-person Research Advisory Committee, chaired by Dr. Larry Bramlage. The projects are scored on the basis of impact on a high number of horses, excellence of methodology, likelihood of success, and proper budgeting. The best proposals are recommended to the board of directors for funding.

In addition to funding the 12 new grants below, the foundation set aside funds for special projects on racetrack surface management and the effects of various surgical procedures to correct limb deformities in young foals. Both of these subjects are among key considerations in the industry's ability to protect the soundness and safety of racehorses.

In addition to funding individual projects, the foundation will join with The Jockey Club to underwrite a second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on March 17-18.

"The summit is a concentrated effort to help the racehorse and fits perfectly within the broader goals of the foundation to help all horses," said Bowen. "At the same time, the overall slate of projects announced fits the foundation's tradition of funding work that stands to benefit horses of all breeds and uses."