The Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation funds equine research like the surgery at Rood and RIddle Equine Hospital described in this video; its Welfare and Safety of the Racehorsee programs work to keep racehorses safer and healthier during their competitive careers.
It's Derby Day!
It takes a lot of effort and skill to get a horse to the level of racing in the Kentucky Derby. There's luck involved, too. But you can be the best trainer with the best horse, and none of it matters if the racetrack and the industry aren't keeping up with safety and health initiatives that insure your horse has a fair chance.
Churchill Downs is being pro-active about stressing the safety and health reforms it has put into place for this year's race, and for the industry as a whole.
But health and safety start long before the horses step off the van at Churchill Downs. Just ask anyone who has successfully raised a foal and watched it actually race. The odds are not on your side.
To many, The Jockey Club may just sound like the vague governing body of racing, and they do have their fingers in many aspects of racing, but one of the most important aspects that they influence is a large percent of the money that goes to our universities for research into equine lameness and disease.
The Jockey Club does this through the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, a charity that is involved both in directly funding research, and in safety and health initiatives like the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse and Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP), which educate horse professionals about better ways to care for horses or to prevent injury and improve health.
And let's not forget what it's all about, as nicely illustrated by RAM Trucks' 2013commercial for the Derby:
© Fran Jurga and Hoofcare Publishing; Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog is a between-issues news service for subscribers to Hoofcare and Lameness Journal. Please, no use without permission. You only need to ask. This blog may be read online at the blog page, checked via RSS feed, or received via a digest-type email (requires signup in box at top right of blog page). To subscribe to Hoofcare and Lameness (the journal), please visit the main site, www.hoofcare.com, where many educational products and media related to equine lameness and hoof science can be found. Questions or problems with this blog? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Hoofcare + Lameness on Twitter: @HoofcareJournal
Read this blog's headlines on the Hoofcare + Lameness Facebook Page
Disclosure of Material Connection: The Hoof Blog (Hoofcare Publishing) has not received any direct compensation for writing this post. Hoofcare Publishing has no material connection to the brands, products, or services mentioned, other than products and services of Hoofcare Publishing. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.