Keeneland gifts $1.3m for equine drug research, testing program

Gift will support research side of program and underpin commercial venture providing drug testing services to equine clientele.

May 1, 2019

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The Keeneland Assn. continues its long-standing philanthropic relationship with the University of Kentucky with a gift of $1.3 million to the Keeneland endowed chair in equine veterinary science, according to an announcement from the university.

This gift will grow the fund to $3 million and will allow the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment’s Gluck Equine Research Center to launch a world-class equine drug research and testing program under the direction of Scott Stanley.

Stanley, an internationally recognized equine researcher, came to Kentucky in late 2018 from California, where he served as director of the K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at University of California-Davis.

Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, said, “The research capability afforded by this gift will allow a robust effort to develop new tests. This research will serve the new commercial testing laboratory that will be led by Dr. Stanley, in partnership with the U.S. Equestrian Federation. We greatly appreciate the association’s support of the college."

The laboratory at the university’s Coldstream Research Campus will provide drug testing services to a diverse equine clientele from the performance horse and racehorse industries, the university said. The Keeneland Assn. gift will support the research side that will underpin the commercial venture.

Keeneland president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason said the association appreciates the University of Kentucky’s "commitment to create a true center of excellence at the Gluck Center. In support of our mission, Keeneland has long championed [the university's] goal to become an industry leader in equine safety, integrity and research. We believe the important work undertaken by Dr. Stanley will serve as a platform for change in Kentucky and beyond.”

Keeneland has been an instrumental partner in both establishing and supporting equine research at the University of Kentucky for more than 30 years, the announcement said. Through its endowed professorship, the Keeneland Assn. has supported and advanced equine research, most recently in infectious disease.

“Historically, the Keeneland Assn. and its leadership have been instrumental in the successful achievement of the mission of the Gluck Equine Research Center to advance the health and well-being of the horse,” Dr. Stuart Brown, chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation, said. “The support received by this latest gift allows this effort to continue in a vital area of research that will serve to enhance our understanding and capabilities in the areas of equine drug testing and surveillance that impact the spectrum of equestrian competition. We appreciate their continued commitment and trust to invest in the faculty and research at the Gluck Center, which remains focused on the needs of the horse and the people who care for them.”

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