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Dr. Larry Bramlage to Receive Dinny Phipps Award

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that noted equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage will be presented with the Dinny Phipps Award. The award will be presented at a dinner hosted by the chairman of The Jockey Club, Stuart S. Janney III, in Saratoga Springs, New York, the week of the Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing.

Ambassador Earle Mack, an active participant in Thoroughbred racing and breeding for more than five decades, created the award in 2017 in memory of Phipps to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated dedication to equine health. Previous winners of the Dinny Phipps Award are the Phipps family, Frank Stronach, John C. Oxley, Michael Del Giudice, and Dell Hancock.

“Dr. Bramlage’s contributions to The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation are unmatched,” said Janney. “Not only is he one of the best surgeons in our industry, but he is one of the best advocates for our sport and our athletes.”

“This is especially meaningful for me based on who it is named after,” Dr. Bramlage said. “The Phipps family has played a big role in my career by giving me some credibility early on when I was still ‘wet behind the ears.’ I will look forward to this event and will always cherish the honor.”

Dr. Bramlage is an internationally recognized equine orthopedic surgeon and has received numerous awards for his commitment to equine health, including the The Jockey Club Medal, the Tierlink Hochmoor Prize, the distinguished alumni award from The Ohio State University, the Alumni Fellow Award from Kansas State University, a British Equine Veterinary Association’s Special Award of Merit, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Legends award, the Thoroughbred Club Testimonial Award, and induction into the International Equine Veterinary Hall of Fame. He has also received the American Association of Equine Practitioners Distinguished Service Award twice.

In 2019, Dr. Bramlage received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Founders Award for career achievement, and in 2021, he was awarded the “Beyond the Call Award” by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

In addition to his achievements as a veterinarian, Dr. Bramlage has been a member of The Jockey Club since 2002 and has served as a steward. He is also a member of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee and serves on the board of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, where he plays a vital role on the Research Advisory Committee. In 2022, he was named to the Advisory Council of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority.

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Ambassador Mack has owned Thoroughbreds since 1963 and has actively supported equine retirement initiatives. A former ambassador to Finland, he has been member of The Jockey Club since 2012. Ambassador Mack has also served as a board member at various times for the New York Racing Association, the New York State Thoroughbred Racing Capital Investment Fund, and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corp. He was chairman of the New York State Racing Commission in the mid-1980s.

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 1940, the foundation has provided more than $40 million to fund more than 426 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at