The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 25 that NTRA Charities has established the Barbaro Fund for Equine Health and Safety Research.
According to a press release, the Barbaro Fund for Equine Health and Safety Research will replace the NTRA Charities – Barbaro Memorial Fund and become the primary fundraising arm of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance for equine health and safety research.
The fund is named in honor of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner who was euthanized as a result of laminitis. Barbaro was bred and raced by Roy and Gretchen Jackson.
"The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is proud to be a part of Barbaro’s enduring legacy on behalf of all Thoroughbreds," Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA, said in a statement. "We especially appreciate the support of Roy and Gretchen Jackson in the creation of this new fund."
"As a fundamental building block of scientific advancement, research will always be a pillar of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance," Mike Ziegler, the Alliance’s Executive Director, was quoted in the release. "The Barbaro Fund for Equine Health and Safety Research will provide critical support on countless fronts affecting the Thoroughbred athlete."
According to the NTRA release, since its inception in 2007 the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund has disbursed almost $400,000 in support of scientific conferences, research programs and a half-dozen research projects, all focused on finding a cure for laminitis. Barbaro suffered from the often fatal hoof disease while recovering from a broken leg sustained in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Formed in 1999 as a subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, NTRA Charities is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) public charity whose mission is to promote and support charities in or related to the Thoroughbred industry.