Donald Dizney, breeder and owner of First Dude, has pledged 1% of earnings from graded stakes victories to the foundation, traditionally the leading source of private funding for veterinary research to benefit the horse.
Trainer Kenny McPeek will make a donation of $50 for each of his wins in 2009 to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, it was jointly announced Sept. 9 by McPeek and foundation president, Edward Bowen. The pledge is retroactive to July 1.
Two projects focusing on the equine disease laminitis will be launched soon using funds raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in memory of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro. The projects, at more than $100,000, will be conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University.
Following its popular 2006 exhibit featuring a dozen jockeys with close ties to the area, the Lexington History Museum salutes the "coaches" of the Thoroughbred industry. Opening April 9, the 2007 exhibit will feature famous race horse trainers either from the Bluegrass or whose careers have been made with significant success in the region.
For the first time in its history, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will distribute in excess of $1 million for research grants in 2007.
A research project aimed at avoiding a common type of fracture in athletic horses has been designated the recipient of the first Elastikon Equine Research Award. The Elastikon Award is made possible by a grant from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
The Jane duPont Lunger Residual Charitable Trust recently made a $250,000 contribution to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which specifically funds equine veterinary research.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has awarded $850,888 in funding for 20 projects in 2004. The organization said the money would be distributed to scientists at 12 universities.
Finding a way to rid Central Kentucky horse farms of Eastern Tent Caterpillars is the goal of a new $50,000 study financed by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Anthony M. Alonso, one of America's foremost horse artists, will donate to the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation a portion of the sales from 200 prints of his "Horse Fair Panorama" oil painting.
John Oxley, owner of 3-year-old stakes winner Booklet, has pledged a portion of future purses won by the colt to equine research. Booklet is scheduled to race next in the March 16 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
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