Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summit on Retired Racehorses Set for Sept. 1 in Saratoga Springs

From The Horse, a magazine about equine health:

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) will host a day-long summit focused on retired racehorses — both thoroughbred and standardbred — Sept. 1 at the Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs.

This event is designed to focus attention on the issue of racehorse retirement and publicize the current status of New York and national initiatives, including those ongoing and those developed since the New York Task Force on Retired Racehorses issued recommendations in late 2011. The summit, which will begin at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public.
“It’s our duty to make sure they have access to safe havens once their days on the track are complete," said Sackatoga Stable’s Jackson W. Knowlton, a prominent owner and former task force member who has been instrumental in putting the summit together. 

"Everyone — breeders, trainers, owners, track management, and more — have an obligation to work together and address this issue. The Retired Racehorse Summit will showcase some exciting new endeavors being undertaken by the commission and the industry to bring about real positive change for our horses,” he said.

Knowlton will kick off the event by reviewing the task force’s key recommendations and discussing the status of ongoing research indicating where horses go after they leave the track. He will also discuss the social responsibility component of the issue.
Tentative panels and participants include:
The history and current status of retirement initiatives and programs by New York thoroughbred horsemen
  • Moderated by Eric Wing, Daily Racing Form
  • Richard A. Violette, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Inc.
  • Additional Participants TBA
National leaders in Thoroughbred retirement
  • Stacie Clark Rogers, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
  • Diana Pikulski, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
  • Additional Participants and Moderator TBA
Accredited organizations: Current status and future challenges in providing aftercare to New York-based horses
  • Moderated by Jack Wolf, Starlight Racing
  • Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue
  • Equine Advocates, Inc.
  • Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, Inc.
  • New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
  • Old Friends
  • ReRun
How does the standardbred industry address retirement?
  • Moderated by M. Kelly Young, New York Farm Bureau
  • Ellen Harvey, U.S. Trotting Association
  • Katherine Starr, Sunshine Horses
  • Judith Bokman, Standardbred Retirement Foundation
  • Additional Participants TBA
Approaches to aftercare at the track level
  • Moderated by NYSGC commissioner Peter Moschetti
  • Sam Elliott, PARX Racing
  • Mike Rogers, Stronach Group
  • Mike Ziegler, Churchill Downs
  • Additional participants TBA

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