LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 7, 2021) – Keeneland and UK HealthCare today announced that they have entered into a partnership in which UK HealthCare will become the track’s ‘Official First Aid Provider’ for first aid and emergency medical services to race participants, fans and to staff during races.
UK HealthCare will staff and equip the state-of-the-art Keeneland First Aid Center, and its trauma staff will support emergency response vehicles parked on the track during race day. Through this partnership, the EMS care available to jockeys, participants and clients at Keeneland will be an extension of the Level 1 trauma service received at the UK HealthCare emergency room.
Race day fans will also notice a uniquely designed ‘chase vehicle’, developed and co-branded by Keeneland and UK HealthCare, which follows horses and riders on the track during each race. The pursuit vehicle carries paramedics and an expert horse handler to optimize both the efficiency and effectiveness of Keeneland’s coordinated response for humans and horses when needed.
“Keeneland’s partnership with UK HealthCare offers an exciting opportunity to further improve the quality of care we provide to our riders, riders, patrons and staff during races,” said Stuart Brown, DVM, Keeneland Vice President for equine safety. “We are fortunate in this community to have a medical network of the caliber and quality offered by UK HealthCare, and we look forward to working with their talented professionals for many years to come.”
At the forefront of the partnership with UK HealthCare is Keeneland’s commitment to setting the standard for optimizing the safety and well-being of cyclists, and building on the progress made through the track’s work with the Jockeys’ Guild and Barry Schumer, MD, whom Keeneland thanks for his many years of medical service.
“We are honored to partner with Keeneland to provide essential medical services to participants and fans during this racing season,” said Mark F. Newman, MD, executive vice president for UK health affairs. “This latest venture adds to our growing list of collaborations, and we are delighted to continue the university’s proud history with Keeneland.”
This latest collaborative effort between Keeneland and the UK is a consequence of their shared focus on community education, philanthropy and engagement. In 2019, UK HealthCare became the sponsor of the Keeneland Kids Club, the track run / walk program and the First Lady (G1), a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” which took place on Saturday opening of the fall meeting.
Keeneland and the UK have a rich history of working together on initiatives to improve the community and the equestrian industry. Since 1940, these two iconic Kentucky brands have successfully teamed up to fund scholarships and research programs, support the DanceBlue Marathon, held Big Blue Day in Keeneland in the fall, and donate $ 100,000 to the center. UK Athletics University CATS as part of the Maker’s Mark commemoration. series of bottles. In the spring of 2019, Keeneland donated $ 1.3 million to establish the Keeneland Endowed Chair in Equine Veterinary Sciences at the Gluck Equine Research Center in the UK.
Since its first racing competition began 85 years ago on October 15, 1936, the Keeneland Association has been dedicated to the health and vitality of the thoroughbred industry. The world’s largest thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland hosts four auctions per year, in January, April, September and November, and features online auctions through the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring. Keeneland sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the richest and richest thoroughbred races in the world. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and 2020 and is hosting the event again on November 4 and 5, 2022. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a privately held company with a non-profit mission that donates its profits to industry and community in the form of higher scholarships and millions of dollars donated to support equine industry initiatives and charitable contributions to education, research, and health and social services in all of central Kentucky. Keeneland also operates the Keeneland Library, a world-renowned public research institution whose mission is to preserve information about the thoroughbred industry. To learn more, visit Keeneland.com.
About UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare is a campus-based healthcare system at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, comprising four hospitals, 37 clinics and centers, 67 outreach sites, and six colleges of health professions. UK HealthCare is home to the region’s only level 1 trauma center, the region’s only level IV neonatal intensive care unit and the UK Markey Cancer Center, the only cancer center in the state designated by the National Cancer Institute . The Albert B. Chandler Hospital at the University of Kentucky has been ranked as the top hospital in the area for six consecutive years. UK HealthCare is committed to the pillars of academic health care – research, education and clinical care. To learn more, visit ukhealthcare.uky.edu.