The tenth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held June 22, 2022

2022 Agenda and Speaker Biographies

As with previous summits, the event will be free and open to the public in the Keeneland sales pavilion and streamed live online. The agenda will include a review of the Thoroughbred industry's implementation of safety recommendations developed at the first summit in 2006 as well as a presentation by Dr. Tim Parkin on the latest statistics from the Equine Injury Database. The full program and list of speakers will be available soon

View the replays from the 2020 virtual summit series:

May 12, 2020 (Watch Replay)
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 (Watch Replay)
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 (Watch Replay)
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 (Watch Replay)
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 (Watch Replay)
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

For more information or questions, please contact Jamie Haydon at jhaydon@jockeyclub.com


The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club and hosted by Keeneland Association, was held for the first time in October 2006. The two-day workshop, which brought together a wide cross-section of the breeding, racing and veterinary community, was designed to improve safety and soundness for the Thoroughbred racehorse.

The subsequent summits, with the same sponsors, have been held every two years at Keeneland.

During the original summit, committees were formed and began working on various aspects of Thoroughbred welfare and safety. These committees include On-Track Injury Reporting, Education and Licensing, Shoeing and Hoof Care, Racing Surfaces, Durability, Race Conditions and Racing Office, and Health and Medical Records.

This website provides updates on the ongoing work of these committees and explores the many facets of Thoroughbred safety and welfare. Use the resources tabs to the right to review presentations and videos from previous summits.

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is one of the safety initiatives spearheaded by The Jockey Club. Please click here for details regarding the Thoroughbred Safety Committee, Equine Injury Database, and Jockey Health Information System.

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