New York, NY – April 22, 2019 – The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced that it has authorized expenditure of $1,338,858 to fund eight new projects at seven universities, nine continuing projects, and three career development awards to fund veterinary research to benefit all horses. This is the fifth straight year that more than $1 million has been approved.
“We thank our generous donors who recognize the value of veterinary research for enhancing equine health and wellness,” said Jamie Haydon, president of the foundation. “From studying a racehorse’s stride to predict injury, to testing an intrauterine antibiotic treatment, we are excited to see the results of these studies and how they may help horses of all breeds in the future.”
The 2019 slate of research brings Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s totals since 1983 to more than $27.5 million to underwrite 366 projects at 44 universities.
“Grayson’s goal has always been to support the most relevant and impactful research on behalf of the horse, and the past year has seen an increased focus on the musculoskeletal system of the racehorse,” said Dr. Larry Bramlage, partner, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and a member of Grayson’s Research Advisory Committee. “We are very happy to have three quality musculoskeletal projects focused on better understanding why injuries occur and how to detect and prevent them before they manifest themselves as injuries to the bones and joints of the racehorse.”
Additionally, Oaklawn Park and WinStar Farm will each be donating $50,000 in 2019 to sponsor research projects pertaining to health in racehorses. They are participants in Grayson’s new corporate membership program, whereby organizations can contribute to Grayson-funded projects. Those interested in the program should contact the foundation.
The new projects are listed alphabetically by university below:
Antimicrobial Properties of Equine MSCs
Uncovering the Blood B Cell Immune Response to EHV-1
Intrauterine Antibiotics may Augment Placentitis Therapy
Non-Invasive Evaluation of Host-Microbiota Interactions
Standing PET of the Racehorse Fetlock
Training Programs for Prevention of Fetlock Injury
Racehorse Stride Characteristics, Injury and Performance
Robotic CT for Assessing of Bone Morphology
Kline Award Recipient
Sian Durward-Akhurst, University of Minnesota
Storm Cat Award Recipients
Lynn Pezzanite, Colorado State University
Holly Stewart, Colorado State University
Details on the new projects are available here.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation’s leading source of equine research funding. The projects it supports enhance the health and safety of horses of all breeds. Additional information about the foundation is available at grayson.jockeyclub.org.