The 10th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 22, in the Keeneland sales pavilion, will be available via livestream through links at grayson-jockeyclub.org/ and on jockeyclub.com. The event is co-hosted by The Jockey Club. The previous summit was held in June 2020 as a virtual webinar series due to COVID-19.
The event will start at 8:20 a.m. ET and last until approximately 5 p.m. ET; it is free and open to the public. Topics on the agenda include an update on the Equine Injury Database, presentations about preparing the 2-year-old Thoroughbred for racing, jockey weights, wearable technologies for horses, and the use of positron emission tomography scans. The full agenda is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/pdfs/2022/WSS_bios.pdf.
Previous editions of the summit can be viewed on Grayson’s YouTube page and have received nearly 16,000 views. 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.
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 $32.1 million to fund 412 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org.
Contact: Jamie Haydon