Keeneland to Host Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit V on July 8-9.

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LEXINGTON, KY (June 23, 2014) – Keeneland will host the fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit on July 8-9 in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The two-day, semi-annual workshop, first held in 2006, brings together a range of professionals and stakeholders in the industry to discuss relevant equine safety issues.

“Keeneland is proud to be hosting the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit for the fifth consecutive time,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “This event has made significant strides toward widespread change for horse health and safety in just a few short years.”

The Summit is conducted by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Topics to be addressed include race track surface technologies, the status of the modern Thoroughbred, the National Uniform Medication Program, advanced horsemanship, the Jockey Injury Database, and how the relationship and interaction among owners, trainers and veterinarians can enhance the well-being of Thoroughbreds.

The Summit is open to the public and will be streamed live on jockeyclub.com and grayson-jockeyclub.org.

 “The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit has been influential in implementing positive changes for the racing industry,” said Edward L. Bowen, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “The past four summits have resulted in the development of such programs as the Equine Injury Database, Jockey Injury Database, and the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, and we look forward to seeing what new initiatives may come from this gathering.”

The July 8 agenda features talks from a group of industry leaders, including Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission; Mike Ziegler, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance; Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director and chief operating officer of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium; and Dr. Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS.

Multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will participate that day via video connection.

The July 9 speakers include Dr. James N. MacLeod from the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center Dept. of Veterinary Sciences; Dr. Carl Mattacola, associate professor and division director of Athletic Training at UK; Dr. Mick Peterson, executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory; and Dixie Hayes, academic coordinator and trainer of the North American Racing Academy, which is under the guidance of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

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 $20.9 million to fund 310 projects at 41 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation and the summit is available here. 

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