Summit puts racehorse welfare and safety at forefront


The 10th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit held at the Keeneland sales pavilion on Wednesday is being made available for viewers around the world for free via a live stream.

Topics on the agenda include an update on the Equine Injury Database from Dr Tim Parkin, a presentation about preparing the 2-year-old Thoroughbred for racing by Dr Larry Bramlage, jockey weights and wellbeing by Dr Jerry Hill from the British Horseracing Authority, and the use of positron emission tomography scans, with Dr Mathieu Spriet sharing the knowledge gained from more than 1000 racehorse fetlocks.

Another presentation is on wearable technologies for horses, and later in the summit Dr Wayne McIlwraith and Dr Mick Peterson talk about the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory.

The summit, organised by the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation, was co-hosted by the US Jockey Club.

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

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 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.

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