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Monday, July 20, 2015


Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Meets Oak Tree's $100,000 Challenge Gift


The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has met the $100,000 challenge gift announced by Oak Tree Racing Association in January 2015. The gift and the matching program honor Dr. Jack Robbins, who passed away at the age of 93 on Nov. 29, 2014.

As a racetrack veterinarian, farm manager, breeder/owner, and racing association president, Dr. Robbins devoted his career to supporting and protecting the horse. In addition to his professional career, Dr. Robbins was a member of The Jockey Club and longtime supporter, director, and director emeritus of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

"Dr. Robbins was a horseman through and through," said Dell Hancock, chairman of the foundation. "I'm thrilled that our community has stepped up to honor his memory through support of equine research."

The $200,000 raised from the matching gift will support Grayson's efforts to improve the health and well-being of all breeds of horse. Past Grayson-funded research developed vaccines for equine influenza and viral arteritis, defined Colitis X, and developed the field of biomechanics in horses, among other significant accomplishments. Current priorities include laminitis and foal pneumonia as well as the full range of health and soundness issues that can affect horses.

"We're looking forward to working with our Research Advisory Board to put these funds to the very best use to improve equine health," Hancock said. "Dr. Robbins' legacy of commitment to equine welfare will continue for many years because of the support of Oak Tree and those who donated in his honor."

"We are pleased that the foundation was successful in soliciting $100,000 in donations honoring Jack Robbins," said Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association. "It speaks clearly that Dr. Robbins' contributions to the sport and the field of veterinary medicine are recognized and appreciated in Thoroughbred racing."

About Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
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. The foundation has provided $22 million to fund more than 322 projects at 41 universities since 1983. Additional information about the foundation is available at

About Oak Tree Racing Association
During its 40 years of dedication to the cause of "Horsemen Helping Horsemen," Oak Tree has contributed more than $30 million to projects benefiting the racing industry.

Contact: Edward L. Bowen
(859) 224-2856