Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, who is currently the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association, has been appointed as The Jockey Club steward at NYRA tracks. She will succeed Jim Edwards, who retired at the conclusion of Belmont’s spring/summer meet July 7. The appointment was announced by Stuart S. Janney III, the chairman of The Jockey Club.
“We are thankful for Jim Edwards’s valuable service as a steward for The Jockey Club and to the racing industry over the years, and we wish him the best in retirement,” Janney said. “Dr. Durenberger has an impressive background that includes extensive experience as a regulatory veterinarian and steward. Her commitment to the integrity of horse racing makes her an excellent choice to serve as The Jockey Club’s next steward.”
Durenberger will continue as NYRA’s chief examining veterinarian until she commences her role as The Jockey Club steward on the first day of Belmont’s fall meet. Dr. Ted Hill, who served as The Jockey Club steward for NYRA from 1996-2015, will fill the position during the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.
Prior to serving as the chief examining veterinarian at NYRA, Durenberger was an association veterinarian for NYRA from 2003-2008. She worked as a commission veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board from 2008-2010. She has worked as a steward at Delta Downs and Canterbury Park and also served as the director of racing for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for three years.