The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation have announced that the seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held June 28, 2016, in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, in Lexington, Kentucky.
The summit, which brings together a cross-section of the breeding, racing and veterinary communities, again will be underwritten and coordinated by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and hosted by the Keeneland Association.
The first summit was held in October 2006. Subsequent editions were held in March 2008, June 2010, October 2012, July 2014, and July 2015. Summits will continue to be held annually.
"This year we plan to bring back the summit committee meetings the day after the summit as we have in the past with the first few editions," said Edward L. Bowen, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. "This will help keep ideas fresh and keep committee members focused on initiatives to improve the welfare and safety of our equine and human athletes."
The summit will be open to the public and a live webcast will also be available. A formal agenda and a list of speakers will be announced at a later date.
Among the accomplishments that have evolved from the previous are the Equine Injury Database; the Jockey Injury Database; the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, which provides science-based testing of racing surfaces to enhance safety for horse and rider; a uniform trainer test and study guide; the racing surfaces white paper and publication of educational bulletins for track maintenance; the publication of stallion durability statistics; The Hoof: In