The Belmont Celebration, hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club on June 4 at Belmont Park, raised more than $235,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
This year’s celebration honored acclaimed turf writer Joe Hirsch of Daily Racing Form for his literary contributions to the sport over the last five decades.
“I am most grateful for the continued support of the New York Racing Association and all of the individuals and organizations who contributed to the success of the Belmont Celebration,” said Nancy Kelly, vice president of development for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “The money raised will greatly aid in the costs of research in important areas of equine health, leading to benefits throughout the horse community.”
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is the nation’s leading private source of equine research funding. In 2004, the foundation has allocated more than $850,000 to underwrite 20 research projects at 12 universities, bringing the foundation’s total funding since 1983 to more than $11 million to underwrite 189 projects at 31 universities.
Current research projects focus on issues that affect horses of many breeds and uses. Among the projects are studies on laminitis, West Nile Virus, pneumonia and cartilage repair.