Equine MRI Successfully Funded; Installation Planned For Santa Anita
Southern California Equine Foundation (SCEF) announced today that the fund-raising campaign for installation of an equine Standing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility at Santa Anita Park has been successful.
“We are in the process now of arranging for the full operation of the new MRI by early in the upcoming Santa Anita season,” said Karen Klawitter, CEO for SCEF. “We are very pleased to have received the support of so many individuals and organizations in the sport.”
The funding was achieved through leadership pledges from Dolly Green Research Foundation, and Oak Tree Charitable Foundation. Donations have been received from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Los Alamitos Race Course, California Thoroughbred Trainers, California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation, breeder and owner John Harris, veterinarians Vince Baker, Melinda Blue, and Ryan Carpenter, and many more individual owners, trainers, and supporters. The Stronach Group provided $500,000 in funding for the new PET scan facility also being added to Santa Anita, as well as infrastructure to enable the installation of the new MRI, which will complement the Southern California Equine Foundation’s Imaging Center.
The MRI’s proven technology has been in use elsewhere previously, whereby the horse is standing while scanned, and will be an essential diagnostic element to protect the safety and welfare of race horses going forward.
Donations of any amount to SCEF, organized under 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.