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Wednesday, May 06, 2020Contact: Jamie Haydon (859) 224-2750
Ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Canceled; Grayson to Host Weekly Webinars

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that the ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, which was scheduled to be held in the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky., on June 23, 2020, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In lieu of an in-person event, Grayson will instead be hosting a series of weekly online seminars on equine health and safety topics starting May 12, 2020.

“While we are disappointed to cancel an in-person edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, we are pleased to be able to offer weekly sessions on relevant topics related to equine health and welfare from leading veterinarians, researchers, and experts in track surfaces,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson. “We would like to thank Keeneland for their continued support of the summit since its inception and look forward to being able to host an in-person event with them in the future.”

The webinars are free to join and will be accessible each week at Viewers will be able to ask questions through the Zoom webinar platform. A tentative schedule of speakers and topics is below. All sessions start at 2 p.m. ET. Individuals who would like to receive email notifications in advance of each session should send a message expressing their interest to

May 12, 2020
Fetlock Injuries: Palmar metacarpal disease and how the various imaging modalities can be used to help diagnose it
Dr. Katherine Garett, Shareholder, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

May 19, 2020
Veterinarian Panel: Importance of transparency in medical records; monitoring horses between starts
Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer, The Stronach Group
Panel Members:
Dr. Ryan Carpenter, Equine Medical Center, Cypress, Ca.
Dr. William Farmer, Equine Medical Director, Churchill Downs Incorporated
Dr. Scott Palmer, Equine Medical Director, New York State Gaming Commission

May 26, 2020
Track Surfaces:
Track Surfaces: International standards for racing surfaces and the expansion of the Maintenance Quality System
Dr. Mick Peterson, Executive Director, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory; Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky

June 2, 2020
California Necropsy Program: Lessons learned from Dr. Sue Stover’s research
Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, The Jockey Club Steward, New York Racing Association
Panel Member:
Dr. Sue Stover, Professor of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

June 9, 2020
Equine Injury Database: 2019 Statistics and Racing Fatality Data
Dr. Mary Scollay, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Racing Medication & Testing Consortium
Presenter and Panel Member:
Dr. Tim Parkin, Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology, University of Glasgow

Among the major accomplishments that have evolved from the previous eight summits are the Equine Injury Database; the Jockey Injury Database; the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory; 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: Inside and Out DVD, available in English and Spanish; protocols for horses working off of the veterinarian’s list; recommended regulations that void the claim of horses suffering injuries during a race; and inclement weather protocols.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation's leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $28.8 million to fund 383 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at