Welfare and Safety Summit Set for July 8-9

Welfare and Safety Summit Set for July 8-9
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will conduct the fifth "Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit" July 8-9 at the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington.

The two-day workshop that brings together a cross-section of the breeding, racing, and veterinary communities will be underwritten and coordinated by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and hosted by the Keeneland Association.

"We owe it to our athletes, both equine and human, to do all we can to ensure their safety and convening this summit to exchange ideas and develop new programs is one of the best ways we can do that," said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

The summit is open to the public; a live webcast will also be available.

"The safety and welfare of our athletes is unquestionably priority No. 1," Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason said in a statement. "Keeneland is proud to host this summit which has, in its brief history, a proven track record of successfully advancing initiatives that are vital to the integrity and health of racing."

A formal agenda and a list of speakers will be announced at a later date.

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