Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation press release
National City Bank of Kentucky announced Thursday that it will donate $25,000 through the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to the University of Kentucky's Maxwell Gluck Equine Research Center. The bank's donation will be used specifically to support research and testing conducted at UK to identify and alleviate the causes of the outbreak of fetal and foal loss in Kentucky.
"We understand the considerable humane and economic impact this current crisis will have on the Thoroughbred industry, which is so vital to the state of Kentucky," said Harry Richart, president of National City Bank in central Kentucky. "We want to do our part to help support this valuable industry in finding a cause and a cure."
National City's effort in partnership with the Grayson-Jockey Club is intended to include support of ongoing research aimed at avoiding or restricting similar outbreaks in the future.
"We are very appreciative of National City's recognition of the importance of this problem and overall impact of the horse industry on the community and state," said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation. "Our foundation is gratified to be involved with National City's aggressive effort toward alleviating both the humane and economic trauma the foal-loss syndrome is causing. In addition to stemming the tide of the moment, we look forward to helping the research community seek answers that will enable the horse industry to cope with this syndrome successfully in the future."
Janice and Robert McNair, owners of Stonerside Stable and of Preakness Stakes entry Congaree, announced today that 1% of any winning purses from the remaining Triple Crown races will be earmarked for research. The pledge also includes next fall's Breeders' Cup. Specifically, they have designated the contributions to be used toward finding answers and solutions to the wave of fetal and foal losses currently plaguing the horse industry.
"We are pleased to make this provision to help horses and horse owners should we be fortunate enough to win any of these races," Robert McNair said. "It is vital, from both the humane and economic standpoints, that we solve the problem which is leading to the loss of so many foals."
"We appreciate the McNairs' generosity and their sportsmanship," said Bowen. "After all, as part owners of Maria's Mon, they have already pledged a contribution which was linked to the Kentucky Derby victory of the stallion's son, Monarchos."
John Oxley, owner of Monarchos, has pledged 1% of earnings from any victories by that colt through the Triple Crown, and the partners who own Maria's Mon matched that specifically for the Derby. Stonerside is one-fourth owner of Maria's Mon.