2014 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Resource Page
Video Replay, July 9 (video will open in new window)
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Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit V Booklet
Presentations, July 8
Using Data to Keep Horses Safe
This session focuses on the importance of data in promoting equine safety through pre-race
inspections and post-mortem and mortality reviews. It also provides insight from the
perspectives of both racetrack and regulating officials.
- Stephen Koch, Vice President of Thoroughbred Racing, Woodbine Entertainment
- Dr. Mary Scollay, Equine Medical Director, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
- Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, Director of Racing, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Today’s Thoroughbred — What Animal Are We Dealing With?
These panelists discuss the status of the modern Thoroughbred and its perceived
increased fragility. Is it true that today’s racehorses are unable to race as frequently as
in the past, and if so, why?
- Edward L. Bowen, President, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
National Uniform Medication Program Update
Founded in 2001, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium was developed to
create, promote, and organize medication, research, and policy reforms at the national
level. Since its inception, the RMTC has been successful in multiple areas, including the
development of uniform model policies, procedures, and standards, in addition to
educating and presenting such information to the public and industry leaders.
- Dr. Dionne Benson, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium
Training and Bone Development in Racehorses
The musculoskeletal system of the horse is dynamic, responding to exercise and recovery
from racing and training in a continual active process of repair. Dr. Bramlage gives a
presentation on condylar fractures in the Thoroughbred racehorse and how occasional
clockwise exercise may be of physical benefit to the horse’s musculoskeletal system.
- Dr. Larry Bramlage, Surgeon and Partner, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Presentations, July 9
Making Safety a Priority in Your Racing Company
If an owner, trainer, and veterinarian are able to develop and maintain a relationship
built on trust and shared philosophies, it will result in the best possible decisions being
made for the horse. These panelists outline the necessary components of a desirable
- Dr. Scott Palmer, Equine Medical Director, New York State Gaming Commission
Jockey Injury Database
Created by The Jockeys’ Guild in 2012, the Jockey Injury Database strives to prevent
rider injuries through the collection and analysis of injury data from tracks across the
- Dr. Carl Mattacola, Division Director and Professor of Athletic Training, University of Kentucky
Racetrack Surfaces and Technology Integrations
The Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory has performed tests on samples collected from
more than 80 surfaces, and it is currently developing a comprehensive database of
surfaces and environmental characteristics to provide further insight into the factors
affecting racing surfaces. In New York, Glen Kozak maintains uniform, safe racing
surfaces year-round through his use of innovative technologies, thus allowing for the
proper upkeep of three unique tracks (Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga) that are
exposed to a wide array of environmental conditions.
- Dr. Mick Peterson, Executive Director, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, Libra Foundation Professor, College of Engineering at the University of Maine
- Glen Kozak, Vice President of Facilities and Racing Surfaces, New York Racing Association
Education has been a core component of every prior Welfare and Safety Summit. Since
the Association of Racing Commissioners International passed regulations to mandate
four hours of continuing education for trainers, a handful of states have taken steps to
require trainer continuing education, while others have indicated the lack of online
content and the logistics of tracking such education as the biggest hurdles to passing this
- Cathy O’Meara, Coordinator, The Jockey Club Industry Initiatives, Racing Officials Accreditation Program
- Dixie Hayes, Academic Coordinator and Instructor, North American Racing Academy
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