Keeneland adds two positions to improve racing safety for fall meet

POSTED ON  |  01-10-2019

Keeneland Fall Meet
LEXINGTON, Ky. (KEENELAND) – Keeneland further strengthened its commitment to the  safety of its equine and human athletes in advance of its Fall Meet by naming prominent equine practitioner Dr. George Mundy as Equine Safety Director and Jim Pendergest, General Manager of The Thoroughbred Center (TTC) and longtime race track professional, as Director of Racing Surfaces. Both positions are new and will encompass Keeneland and TTC.

“Dr. George Mundy and Jim Pendergest bring invaluable race track expertise to the Keeneland team, and they reinforce our commitment to the safety and welfare of our horses and riders, which is priority No. 1,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Keeneland strives to provide the safest racing environment possible, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards. The addition of these two positions enhances our established safety practices and our leadership advocacy for additional reforms.”

As Equine Safety Director, Dr. Mundy will develop, communicate and enforce safety and integrity policies; review all racing-related accidents with the goal of prevention; assess relevant equine health and safety research; and proactively communicate best practices to the racing community and public.

“Throughout my career as a veterinarian, my primary charge has been to take care of the horse,” Dr. Mundy said. “My position at Keeneland is a continuation of that responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of the horse.”

Dr. Mundy, who received his D.V.M. from Ontario Veterinary College, has extensive experience with Thoroughbred farm and race track veterinary practices, formerly was chief veterinarian of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, was a veterinary consultant for Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and has served on committees for the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Racing Commissioners International. He also has written numerous research papers related to musculoskeletal racing injuries in Thoroughbreds, medications and infectious diseases.

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