Racehorse welfare and safety summit back after pandemic pause

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The 10th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is being held at Keeneland in Kentucky, and will also be streamed live online.
Photo by Gene Devine

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is returning as an in-person event in Keeneland later this month, and will also be streamed live online.

Hosted by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Jockey Club, the summit on June 22 is free and open to the public. The agenda will include a review of the Thoroughbred industry’s implementation of safety recommendations developed at the first summit in 2006 as well as a presentation by Dr Tim Parkin on the latest statistics from the Equine Injury Database.

The previous summit was held in June 2020 as a virtual webinar series because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Replays are available online.

Among the major accomplishments that have evolved from the previous nine summits are the Equine Injury Database; the Jockey Injury Database; the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory; a uniform trainer test and study guide; the racing surfaces white paper and the publication of educational bulletins for track maintenance; the publication of stallion durability statistics; the Hoof: Inside and Out DVD, available in English and Spanish; protocols for horses working off of the veterinarian’s list; recommended regulations that void the claim of horses suffering injuries during a race; and inclement weather protocols.

Grayson president Jamie Haydon said this year marks 16 years since the first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

“Our 10th edition will showcase the progress our industry has made during that time as well as areas of safety and welfare that continue to require our attention.

“Keeneland has been a committed partner with us from the beginning, and we are thankful for their hospitality as well as their recognition of the importance of the summit to the Thoroughbred industry.”

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation’s leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $30.6 million to fund 397 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas.

» For more information, contact Jamie Haydon at jhaydon@jockeyclub.com.

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