The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, established in 2006 out of concern over the industry’s response to Barbaro’s severe injury in the previous year’s Preakness, was held for the 10th time on June 22. It has become an important gathering for those in the scientific, research and veterinary communities working to make racing as safe as possible, and for laypeople – stakeholders and the general public – to learn about the many advancements that have been made or are in progress to help in the area of injury prevention. Annise Montplaisir, equine education coordinator for the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation, emceed the Summit and she joins Ray Paulick and news editor Chelsea Hackbarth – who covered it for Paulick Report – to share some of the key takeaways. Of great interest to both Montplaisir and Hackbarth were positive emission tomography (PET) scans of racehorse fetlocks that can help trainers manage their horses’ schedules and  the “wearable technology” research that’s been done at New York Racing Association tracks. Data from the wearable microchips can show movement abnormalities that can detect potential problems in a horse. Montplaisir, co-founder of Amplify Horse Racing, also explains her goals for that organization, which is designed to help newcomers learn more about the industry and potential careers in racing. 

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