Safety Initiatives Undertaken Since Inaugural
Welfare and Safety Summit

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, was held for the first time in October 2006 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. 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. This timeline provides milestones highlighting welfare and safety initiatives undertaken since that inaugural summit.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    The Jockey Club Statement on Passage in the House of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

       The unanimous passage of the bipartisan Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) in the House yesterday was a huge step forward for horse racing in the United States. Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) and their staffs were instrumental in getting this done, and The Jockey ...

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    On Behalf of CHRI: A Historic Day for Racing The HISA Unanimously Passes the House

    Washington, D.C. – The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) was unanimously passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, marking a historic step for the racing industry. The bill addresses industrywide reform efforts, making the sport safer for Thoroughbred ...

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020
    Industry Support of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is Widespread

       Industry Support of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is Widespread

    McConnell Bill Broadly Addresses Equine Safety

    Lexington, Ky. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday announced the planned introduction of the bi-partisan Horseracing ...

  • Monday, August 17, 2020
    Round Table Transcripts and Video Replay now Available on jockeyclub.com

       Official transcripts and a video replay from Sunday’s 68th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing are now available at jockeyclub.com. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was held virtually.

    The conference featured an interview with ...

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
    The Jockey Club Releases Data from the Equine Injury Database for 2019

       An analysis of data from the 11th year of reporting to the Equine Injury Database (EID) shows a decrease in the rate of fatal injury in 2019 (1.53 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2018 (1.68 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today. The 2019 rate of fatal injury is the lowest ...

  • Monday, March 09, 2020
    Statement from The Jockey Club on the Investigation by the FBI and Department of Justice

    Today the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York announced the indictment of 27 individuals in connection with doping in the horse racing industry. The Jockey Club has long been an advocate for drug reform in racing and we commend the actions of the FBI, the Department ...

  • Monday, March 09, 2020
    Sent on behalf of CHRI: CHRI Calls for Immediate Passage of Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019

    In reaction to explosive indictments announced this morning by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) called on the House and the Senate to immediately pass the Horseracing Integrity Act of ...

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    On behalf of CHRI: CHRI Blankets Capitol Hill Pushing Support for the Horseracing Integrity Act

    Members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) blanketed Capitol Hill today seeking support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019 (HIA). Individual members are meeting with senators to educate them on HIA, which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand ...

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
    On Behalf of CHRI: Fatalities, Drugs, and Integrity: Americans’ Top Three Concerns for Horse Racing

       According to a new, national and Kentucky-based poll commissioned by The Jockey Club, horse fatalities are the single most important factor facing the horse racing industry with nearly seven in 10 likely voters (69 percent) saying that it is a “very important” issue. The ...

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    On Behalf of CHRI: Major Advertising Campaign Launched to Reform Horse Racing

      On Behalf of CHRI: Major Advertising Campaign Launched to Reform Horse Racing Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity Pushes Federal Legislation
    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) has launched a major digital advertising campaign to raise awareness of the need for the ...

  • Thursday, March 14, 2019
    On Behalf of CHRI: CHRI Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan “Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019”

       The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) today announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019, introduced by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY) earlier today.

    The bill, designated as H.R. 1754, would create a private, ...

  • Sunday, August 12, 2018
    The Jockey Club Offers to Support Industry Initiatives Based on Recommendations from McKinsey

    In response to findings from McKinsey & Company’s latest analysis of the Thoroughbred industry, Stuart S. Janney III, the chairman of The Jockey Club, announced at this morning’s Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing that The Jockey Club will look to support several ...

  • Monday, July 16, 2018
    On Behalf of CHRI: Letter of July 10 to the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee

    Chairman Bob Latta
    Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky
    Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on
    Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
    2125 Rayburn H.O.B
    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Chairman Latta and Ranking Member Schakowsky,

    Thank you both ...

  • Monday, July 16, 2018
    Horse Racing Reform Launches New Website

       Horse Racing Reform, an industry initiative led by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, announced today the launch of an updated website, horseracingreform.org, designed to better inform and educate the general public, racing fans, and industry personnel on ...

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    On behalf of CHRI: Belinda Stronach Writes to Congress in Support of the Horseracing Integrity Act

       The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity notes the letter below from Belinda Stronach, the president and chairman of The Stronach Group, in support of H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, previously ...

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    On behalf of CHRI: Belinda Stronach Writes to Congress in Support of the Horseracing Integrity Act

       The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity notes the letter below from Belinda Stronach, the president and chairman of The Stronach Group, in support of H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, previously ...

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    Eighth Welfare and Safety Summit Highlights Integrity, Injury Rates, and Disaster Preparedness

       The eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, held Wednesday, June 27, at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., featured insightful discussions on topics ranging from disaster preparedness, jockey injuries, and equine injuries to racing integrity, Thoroughbreds as ...

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VIII to be Available via Livestream

       The eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 27, will be available via livestream at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/includes/2018Wss_agenda.asp. A link to the livestream will also be available at jockeyclub.com.

    The ...

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    Eighth Welfare, Safety Summit at Keeneland on June 27

    The eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, to be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., will update the industry on findings in areas such as equine injury statistics and jockey safety as well as touch on other points of interest including the integrity of ...

  • Monday, June 18, 2018
    Equine Injuries, Jockey Safety, and Racing Integrity to Highlight Welfare and Safety Summit

       The eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, to be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., will update the industry on findings in areas such as equine injury statistics and jockey safety as well as touch on other points of interest including the ...

  • Monday, March 19, 2018
    The Jockey Club Releases Data from the Equine Injury Database for 2017

       An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) has shown a modest increase in the rate of fatal injury in 2017 (1.61 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2016 (1.54 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today.

    Prof. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist ...

  • Friday, March 16, 2018
    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Board approves more than $1 Million for Equine Research

       The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that, for the fourth consecutive year, it has authorized expenditure of more than $1 million to fund veterinary research to benefit all horses. The 2018 allotment of $1,239,083 will fund 11 new projects ...

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
    On Behalf of CHRI: CHRI Welcomes ASPCA Support of Bipartisan Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017

       The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017.

    The bill, formally designated as H.R. 2651, would require that a uniform, anti-doping and medication control program be ...

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    From CHRI: Coalition Commends Always Dreaming Team for Support of Horseracing Integrity Act

       The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity commends the ownership group of 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming for its support of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, a bill that will create a national, uniform anti-doping and medication control program for horse racing.

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    On behalf of CHRI: CHRI Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan “Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017”

       The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) today announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by U.S. Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) earlier today.

    The bill, designated H.R. 2651, would require that a uniform, ...

  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Welfare & Safety of the Racehorse Summit VII: Efforts Continue to Bear Fruit

    The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded late Tuesday afternoon at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., following 12 reports on topics ranging from racing surfaces, equine injuries and rider safety to nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health for ...

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VII Available via Live Video Stream

    The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, will be streamed live at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp?section=50. (A link to the live stream will be available at jockeyclub.com.)

    The summit, underwritten and organized by The ...

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Nutrition, Biosecurity and Respiratory Health to be Addressed at Welfare & Safety Summit VII

       The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a rich mix of updates on previous Summit topics such as racing surfaces, rider safety and equine injuries as well as discussions of new topics that are essential to the welfare of racehorses, including nutrition, ...

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
    CHRI MEMBERS ADVOCATE FOR MEDICATION REFORM AT HORSE CAUCUS HEARING

       Several prominent industry representatives spoke before the Congressional Horse Caucus hearing on the need to pass the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 and grant oversight of drug testing and enforcement in horse racing to a new, independent entity under the U.S. ...

  • Monday, December 21, 2015
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VII Scheduled for June 28, 2016

    The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that the seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, June 28, in Lexington, Ky.

    The summit, which brings together a cross-section of the breeding, racing and veterinary communities, ...

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015
    CHRI APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF BIPARTISAN “THOROUGHBRED HORSERACING INTEGRITY ACT”

       he Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity has announced its support for new legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Andy Barr and Paul Tonko that would grant independent oversight of drug testing and enforcement in Thoroughbred racing to an entity created by the U.S. ...

  • Friday, July 10, 2015
    Nearly 1,500 tune in to Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VI

    Nearly 1,500 tune in to Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VI

    Almost 1,500 individuals from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, France, Sweden, and Spain watched a live stream of the sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit that was available on ...

  • Monday, July 06, 2015
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VI Available via Live Video Stream

       The sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, will be streamed live in its entirety at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp?section=48. (A link to the live stream will be available at jockeyclub.com.)

    The summit, ...

  • Friday, June 12, 2015
    Racing Surfaces, Jockey Safety, Horsemanship among Topics for Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse

      Presentations on racetrack surfaces, jockey safety, horsemanship courses, and the Equine Injury Database will be spotlighted when the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club hold the sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit on Wednesday, July 8.

    The ...

  • Friday, December 05, 2014
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VI Scheduled for July 8, 2015

       The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that the sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Wednesday, July 8, in Lexington, Ky.

    The summit, which brings together a cross-section of the breeding, racing and ...

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014
    TJC Will Pursue Federal Legislation in Quest to Enhance Safety, Integrity and Perception of Racing

       While acknowledging that the Thoroughbred racing industry has made strides in the area of medication reform, Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club, said Sunday that the organization will broaden its efforts by developing a strategy that will include the pursuit of federal ...

  • Monday, July 07, 2014
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Available via Live Video Stream

       
    Monday, July 07, 2014    Contact: Shannon Luce (859) 224-2716
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Available via Live Video Stream

    The fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, July 8, and ...

  • Friday, June 20, 2014
    Agenda set for Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit V

       The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced the agenda for the fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, to be held on Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and hosted by Keeneland Association in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit V Scheduled for July 8-9, 2014, at Keeneland

    The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that the fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Lexington, Ky.

    Once again, the summit will be underwritten and coordinated by The Jockey ...

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit: Progress Updates and New Recommendations

       The fourth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded Wednesday morning in Lexington, Ky., as racing commission representatives discussed the implementation of safety initiatives and four other speakers made presentations on Thoroughbred aftercare.

    Like the ...

  • Monday, October 15, 2012
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit IV Open to Public and Available on Live Video Stream

    For the first time, the entire Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on October 16 and 17, will be open to the public and all sessions will be available on a live video stream at keeneland.com/livevideo/sales/videoonly.php.

    Like its three predecessors, the ...

  • Wednesday, October 03, 2012
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit IV will Focus on Prevention vs. Reaction

    The fourth edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a “Prevention vs. Reaction” theme when it is held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, October 16, and Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

    The summit, which is underwritten and ...

  • Tuesday, July 24, 2012
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit IV Scheduled

    The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that a fourth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, October 16, and Wednesday, October 17, 2012, in Lexington, Ky.

    Like the three previous summits, held in October 2006, March 2008 ...

  • Friday, November 19, 2010
    Welfare and Safety Summit Committee Releases Spanish-Language Version of Hoof Care DVD

       The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit’s Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee has released a Spanish-language version of its educational DVD, “The Hoof: Inside and Out,” entitled, “El Casco: Por Dentro y Por Fuera.”

  • Friday, July 23, 2010
    Video Replay of Third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Now Available

       Video files for each public session at the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, held June 28 and 29 at Keeneland, are now available for download from grayson-jockeyclub.org and jockeyclub.com.

    “While the live video stream of the summit received ...

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    Welfare and Safety Summit III Participants Identify Issues and Objectives

       The third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, held in Lexington, Ky., on June 28 and 29, concluded with the development of objectives in four areas and a discussion of implementation strategies to improve conditions in various facets of the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Monday, June 28, 2010
    Equine Injury Database Statistics Discussed at Third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit

       At the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit held at Keeneland on June 28 and 29, Dr. Tim Parkin, noted epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, presented a preliminary analysis of racing fatalities in North America from data ...

  • Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Keeneland to Provide Live Video Streaming of Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit

       The Keeneland Association will provide a live video stream when the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is held on Monday, June 28, and Tuesday, June 29, at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky. All of Monday’s sessions and one session on Tuesday will be ...

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2010
    Third Welfare and Safety Summit Seeks to Identify Additional Safety Initiatives

       Seeking to capitalize on the progress made in the last two Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summits, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today a wide-ranging agenda of Thoroughbred health and safety issues for the third summit, scheduled for June 28-29, 2010, at ...

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2010
    Third Welfare and Safety Summit Set for June 28-29, 2010, at Keeneland

       A third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit has been scheduled for June 28 and 29, 2010, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., it was announced today by Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

    Coordinated and underwritten by The Jockey ...

  • Thursday, September 03, 2009
    Uniform National Trainer's Test Study Guide Published by Welfare and Safety Summit

       The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit has published and made available for purchase the Uniform National Trainer's Test Study Guide, a comprehensive resource for individuals preparing to take a state-administered trainer’s licensing exam.

    The 108-page ...

  • Monday, June 29, 2009
    Welfare and Safety Summit Committee Releases Free Educational DVD on Hoof Care

       The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit’s Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee is now offering a free educational DVD entitled, “The Hoof: Inside and Out” that examines the physiology of the equine hoof and demonstrates proper care and shoeing techniques.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2008
    Welfare and Safety Summit On-Track Injury Statistics Revised

       The on-track injury reports and total starts utilized in providing the catastrophic injury rates presented by Dr. Mary Scollay at the March 17th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after being thoroughly reviewed.

    The review established that the ...

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2008
    Welfare and Safety Summit Participants Identify Issues and Establish Action Plans

       A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on March 17 and 18 have drafted action plans in seven areas to improve conditions in various facets of the ...

  • Thursday, March 13, 2008
    Second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit to Kick Off with Session Open to the Public

       The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will convene more than 60 industry representatives for wide-ranging discussions of critical equine health- and safety-related issues at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion on Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18.

    The ...

  • Friday, January 25, 2008
    Welfare and Safety Summit II will Examine Progress and Issues

       The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, set for Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., will feature wide-ranging discussions of critical equine health- and safety-related issues, including progress reports from the ...

  • Thursday, September 20, 2007
    Second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Set for March 17-18, 2008

       A second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit has been scheduled for March 17-18, 2008, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The announcement was made today by Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
    Coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey ...

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2007
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Website Keeps Industry Informed

       The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit website has been updated to incorporate progress from committees, articles on equine health, research news, industry links and a newsletter, it was announced today.
    “The committees that arose from the Welfare and Safety of the ...

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2007
    Welfare and Safety Summit Committee Supports Enforcement of California Rule on Toe Grabs

       A special committee on shoeing and hoof care that was formed coming out of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is calling for a ban of toe grabs with a height greater than 4 millimeters on the front horseshoes of Thoroughbred racehorses.

    The committee is ...

  • Thursday, November 09, 2006
    Proposed Strategic Plan from Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit

    ...

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2006
    Welfare and Safety Summit Participants Identify Issues and Establish Action Plans

       A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on October 16 and 17 have drafted action plans in six areas to improve conditions in various facets of the ...

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2006
    Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Scheduled for October

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will sponsor a two-day workshop for presentations, panel discussions and strategic planning concerning the welfare and safety of the Thoroughbred racehorse on Monday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 17, at Keeneland in Lexington, ...

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