11th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Agenda

Click here to watch the livestream June 25, 2024, beginning at 8:20 a.m. EDT.

    8:20 – Introduction 
    Jamie Haydon, President, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
    Annise Montplaisir, Executive Director, Amplify Horse Racing

    8:30 – 9:15 Equine Injury Database update on risk, risk factors, and prediction
    Dr. Tim Parkin, Head of Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol

    9:15 – 10:00 The Jockey Club report on further reducing fatalities
    Jamie Haydon
    Dan Singer, Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Ben Vonwiller, Partner, McKinsey & Company 

    10:00 – 10:15 Break

    10:15 – 11:00 5 years later – an update on Santa Anita safety reforms
    Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer, 1/ST RACING
    Tim Yakteen, Trainer

    11:00 – 12:00 Panel discussion on sudden deaths in racing: Where are we today?
    Dr. Stuart Brown, Vice President of Equine Safety, Keenland (Moderator)
    Dr. Sian Durward-Akhurst, Professor & Researcher, University of Minnesota
    Dr. Sue Stover, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California - Davis
    Dr. Laura Kennedy, Veterinarian Pathologist, University of Kentucky
    Dr. Lynn Hovda, Chief Commission Veterinarian, Minnesota Racing Commission

    12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

    1:00 – 2:00 The regulatory veterinarian and attending veterinarian in the HISA environment
    Dr. Will Farmer, Equine Medical Director, Churchill Downs (Moderator)
    Dr. Sarah Hinchliffe, Regulatory Veterinarian, New York Racing Association
    Dr. Lyndsay Hagemeyer, Veterinarian, Ohio Regulatory Veterinarian
    Dr. Chip L. Johnson, Veterinarian, Private Practice, Central Kentucky

    2:00 – 2:45 A strategy to expand and accelerate surface safety programs for improved racing surface consistency
    Dr. Mick Peterson, Executive Director, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory Professor, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky

    2:45 – 3:00 Break

    3:00 – 3:30 Equine wearable biometric sensors: The next phase in early injury detection
    Dr. Sara Langsam, Partner, Teigland, Franklin and Brokken

    3:30 – 4:00 Use of a standardized veterinary form for evaluation of racehorses entering a second career
    Dr. Jeff Berk, Veterinarian, Associate Equine Medical Associates

    4:00 – 4:30 Light Up Racing update
    Price Headley Bell Jr., Manager, Mill Ridge Farm Board of Directors, Light Up Racing

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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