Dr. Jennifer Durenberger Named The Jockey Club Steward at NYRA

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger speaks during the National HBPA convention in March
Dr. Jennifer Durenberger speaks during the National HBPA convention in MarchDenis Blake/National HBPA

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger will begin the first day of Belmont Park’s fall meet.

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, who is currently the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association, has been appointed as The Jockey Club steward at NYRA tracks. She will succeed Jim Edwards, who retired July 7 at the conclusion of Belmont Park‘s spring/summer meet.

The appointment was announced by Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club.

“We are thankful for Jim Edwards’ valuable service as a steward for The Jockey Club and to the racing industry over the years, and we wish him the best in retirement,” Janney said.

“Dr. Durenberger has an impressive background that includes extensive experience as a regulatory veterinarian and steward,” Janney added. “Her commitment to the integrity of horse racing makes her an excellent choice to serve as The Jockey Club’s next steward.”

Durenberger will continue as NYRA’s chief examining veterinarian until she commences her role as The Jockey Club steward on the first day of Belmont’s fall meet. Dr. Ted Hill, who served as The Jockey Club steward for NYRA from 1996-2015, will fill the position during the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

Prior to serving as the chief examining veterinarian at NYRA, Durenberger was an association veterinarian for NYRA from 2003-08. She worked as a commission veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board from 2008-10. Previously, Durenberger also worked as a steward at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., and Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn and served as the director of racing for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for three years.

Durenberger is an accredited steward and serves as secretary for the Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s board of directors. A member of ROAP’s Education Committee, she also serves on the American Association of Equine Practitioners Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee and on The Jockey Club’s Racing Equipment and Safety Committee.

She operates a consulting business, Racing Matters, and serves as a veterinary consultant for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.

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