Summit attendees address racehorse welfare, safety issues
Lexington, Ky. — The Thoroughbred racing industry will look for ways to attract and retain more regulatory veterinarians, improve track surfaces to reduce injuries and develop a research and development plan for drug testing.
Those were among several objectives adopted at the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit March 17 and 18 at the Keeneland Association facilities in Lexington.
The complete list of objectives aims to address seven key issues impacting the health of horses and the careers of Thoroughbred racehorses.The meeting of 62 members of the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry was sponsored by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Jockey Club. Panelists provided updates on strategic plans and actions that arose during the first summit in October 2006.
Attendees identified these seven points of concern:
Track surfaces, marketing of the racing product, catastrophic injuries, medication and laboratories, industry education, welfare of the Thoroughbred and implementation and regulation.
To deal with those issues, the group agreed to pursue these objectives:
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation allocated nearly $1.3 million to underwrite 24 research projects this year, including 14 new projects and the continuation of 10 two-year projects started in 2007. The research involves Thoroughbreds and all other breeds and uses of horses.