JOCKEY CLUB NOTES
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CALDER SUPPORTING RESEARCH TO ENHANCE HORSE HEALTH AND SAFETY
Calder Race Course will salute one of the key organizations promoting horse health and safety with the running of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Purse on July 6. The race will be part of the Saturday program featuring the $100,000 Criterium Stakes.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is a private organization with membership open to any individual or organization with a concern for horses. The Foundation has provided more than $9.5 million in the last two decades to fund 180 separate research projects at 31 universities, including the University of Florida.
"Calder has consistently been a generous supporter of our efforts, and we are especially grateful that they have designated a race in our name," said Foundation president Edward L. Bowen. "With such increased visibility, we hope to carry the message to fans and horsemen alike that Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation exists solely to enhance mankind's ability to make continued progress in how we can protect horses from disease, injury, and other maladies, and to cure their ills when they do occur. Everyone who likes horses is welcome to participate."
Founded in 1940, the Foundation over more than 60 years has funded research that has developed vaccines for various diseases, increased understanding of maladies which affect all horses, and refined techniques of handling the competitive equine.
"Calder Race Course is proud to present the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation race to our fans and our horsemen," said Kenneth Dunn, president of Calder Race Course. "Anyone with a love of horses can appreciate the important role this Foundation plays and we encourage anyone who can to become a member or donor of this organization."
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is affiliated with The Jockey Club, which registers Thoroughbreds, but most of the research funded is as applicable to a child's pet horse as to a race horse. The Foundation does not receive any automatic funding from attendance or wagering, but instead is dependent solely on contributions from individuals and private equine organizations. Annual membership is priced at $100, but lesser donations are also welcome.
For more information, please contact Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY. 40503.
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