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Monday, August 31, 2020Contact: Jamie Haydon (859) 224-2750
Kentucky Downs to Enable Donations to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation during September Meet

Kentucky Downs announced today that it will be promoting support of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation among horsemen during its September meet, which kicks off September 7 and runs for six days through September 16.

Through this partnership, Kentucky Downs will enable owners to donate to Grayson by designating a percentage of purse money won or a flat fee per starter. Owners can direct the horsemen’s bookkeeper to allocate funds from their accounts to Grayson through InCompass Solutions’ Track Manager system, and paper forms will be available for owners to fill out in the racing office. Kentucky Downs is kicking off donations with a lead gift of $2,500.

In previous years, Kentucky Downs has hosted a Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day on behalf of the organization.

“Our sponsorship days for Grayson have been great successes in the past, and we are pleased that we can continue to support an organization that funds such important work on behalf of horses,” said Ted Nicholson, senior vice president and general manager of Kentucky Downs. “I encourage all those who will be competing at Kentucky Downs to consider contributing to Grayson for the benefit of our equine athletes and hope that other racetracks join this effort.”

“We thank Kentucky Downs and their horsemen for recognizing the importance of equine research, even in the midst of a pandemic,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson. “We appreciate the commitment that the Kentucky Downs team has shown toward promoting equine health.”

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 $29.1 million to fund 384 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at