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Summit will focus on preventing racehorse injuries

The fourth annual Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland, Oct. 16 and 17, will focus on "prevention versus reaction" regarding racehorse injuries. The entire summit will be open to the public. It will be streamed live at Keeneland.com and Grayson-jockeyclub.org.

"The first three summits have served as the launching pad for a number of safety-related enhancements in our industry, and we are confident that we will follow a similar path this year," said Edward L. Bowen, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which sponsors the summit.

Tuesday's session will feature sessions on identifying illegal riding crops, racetrack surfaces, an update on medication-reform efforts, a trainer panel on practices, pre-race inspections, an update on the equine injury database, effects of training and racing on the musculoskeletal system, steroids in training, Indiana's program to prevent racehorse injuries, and safety at racetracks.

Wednesday will feature panels on safety initiatives and on the continuing push for after-care programs.

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