Racehorse welfare summit for Kentucky

welfare-racehorse-summitA two-day workshop in July on racehorse safety and welfare is expected to bring together a wide cross-section of the breeding, racing and veterinary communities.

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, on Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9, in Lexington, Kentucky, is being underwritten and coordinated by the Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for the fifth time. It is being hosted by the Keeneland Association.

“We owe it to our athletes, both equine and human, to do all we can to ensure their safety and convening this summit to exchange ideas and develop new programs is one of the best ways we can do that,” said Edward L. Bowen, president, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

The summit will be held in the Keeneland sales pavilion and it is open to the public; a live webcast will also be available.

Keeneland President & CEO Bill Thomason said the safety and welfare of equine athletes is the highest priority. “Keeneland is proud to host this summit which has, in its brief history, a proven track record of successfully advancing initiatives that are vital to the integrity and health of racing.”

Among the major accomplishments that have evolved from the previous four summits are the Equine Injury Database; the Jockey Injury Database; the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, which provides science-based testing of racing surfaces to enhance safety for horse and rider; a uniform trainer test and study guide; the publication of stallion durability statistics; and the movement by state racing commissions to create regulations that void the claim of horses suffering fatalities during the conduct of the race.

A formal agenda and a list of speakers will be announced at a later date.

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