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Keeneland Again Welcomes Welfare and Safety Summit

January 30, 2018

In the 1930s, Keeneland’s founders wanted to create “a model race track to perpetuate and improve the sport.” That mission continues today as Keeneland takes the lead in developing and funding innovative safety and integrity initiatives.

Once again this year, Keeneland is teaming with The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to host the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VIII on June 27 in the Sales Pavilion. The event is open to the public and available via live webcast.

Inaugurated in 2006, the summit gathers expert minds from the breeding, racing and veterinary avenues of the industry to discuss health and safety in horse racing. Featured are presentations and discussion panels with a mission of spreading awareness of current industry initiatives and cultivating ideas to better protect human and equine athletes. The 2018 summit will provide updates of current efforts to improve welfare of participants in the sport and new projects in progress.

“The discussions and presentations of the previous summits have resulted in numerous initiatives that have improved the safety and welfare of racing’s equine and human athletes, and we are so appreciative of Keeneland’s support of this event since its inception more than a decade ago,” said Edward L. Bowen, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Major accomplishments resulting from previous summits include the Equine Injury Database, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory and a uniform trainer test and study guide. Keeneland is a founding partner of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s Kentucky Initiative, which builds support throughout Kentucky for research to advance equine health and welfare.

Click here for more information about the summit.