Keeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated have each committed contributions of $100,000 to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, it was announced Friday. The funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover's project entitled “Training Programs for Prevention of Fetlock Injury” in 2019 and 2020, with projects funded in 2021 and 2022 yet to be determined.
“These two iconic racing organizations continue to demonstrate their promotion of equine health and we are thankful for their support of Grayson's efforts,” said Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's chairman, Dell Hancock.
Stover, affiliated with the University of California at Davis, is working to predict sesamoid bone fractures in racehorses by developing a calibrated computational model incorporating training programs, track surface properties, and the bone's reparative processes.
According to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the organization is the nation's leading source of private funding for equine medical research. The foundation has funded $27.5 million to 366 projects since 1983.