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Horse Safety Summit Meets at Keeneland

By Brenna Angel

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – A meeting to discuss wide-ranging issues surrounding the health and safety of thoroughbred racing kicks off Monday at Keeneland.

Ed Bowen, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, says this two-day event is the third time they've held the Welfare & Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

"Over that last several years, we've had a number of things that we feel were successful coming out of the summits. This is an event to make sure that we don't lose momentum and that we are minimal to looking at other things that we might do to help the industry help the horse."

A previous summit resulted in the creation of the Equine Injury Database. Bowen says information collected by that database will be announced.

"We'll have an update from an epidemiologist who has been given the data from the equine injury database. This will be a second public announcement, a description of what that information is showing and how it can be used."

Other panel discussions will include racing medication, track surfaces, and transitioning racehorses into second careers.

Monday's sessions are open to the public and will also be streamed online at Keeneland.com.