Starlight Racing to Help Fund Laminitis Research

Starlight Racing partners has announced it will donate large sums to two organizations for the purpose of funding research into laminitis in memory of Intense Holiday, who recently succumbed to the disease.
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Starlight Racing partners has announced it will donate large sums to two organizations for the purpose of funding research into laminitis in memory of Intense Holiday, who recently succumbed to the disease.

Starlight announced it will offer a matching-funds donation of up to $100,000 to be divided between the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation (earmarked strictly for laminitis research) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation Laminitis Research Project. Both Grayson-Jockey Club and the AAEP Foundation are challenged with raising matching funds for their research projects.

Intense Holiday, who ran 12th in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, was euthanized June 12 after developing laminitis in both forelimbs following surgery May 27 at the Hogan Equine Veterinary Clinic in New Jersey. The colt had undergone surgery for a condylar fracture sustained when he was working toward a possible start in the Belmont Stakes.

"Intense Holiday illustrated one of the most frustrating and tragic aspects of laminitis," said Jack Wolf, founder of Starlight Racing, in a statement. "That is when an injury seems to be treatable, even to the point where a horse appears to be out of the woods, but then laminitis develops and the horse is lost. Intense Holiday had a condylar fracture, which we were confident could be dealt with, but laminitis developed and he lost a hard-fought battle to the disease

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