by Najja Thompson
The latest episode of the Across the Board with Andy Serling podcast, featuring an interview with NYRA Chief Examining Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, is now available for download.
As head of the largest veterinarian team at a North American racetrack, Dr. Durenberger oversees NYRA's efforts to regulate the safety and welfare of all thoroughbred racehorses at each NYRA track.
In Episode 29, Dr. Durenberger discusses her career in racing and expounds on the key role regulatory veterinarians have in assuring the safest racing product is presented to the public.
After starting her career in racing as a veterinary assistant at Canterbury Downs in 1991, Dr. Durenberger received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2002. Following an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, she joined NYRA as an association veterinarian from 2003 - 08.
Dr. Durenberger moved to California in 2008 where she worked as a veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board while completing a law degree. She then served as a steward at Delta Downs in Louisiana, before becoming the Director of Racing for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from 2012-15. In that role, she oversaw the regulatory authority for all pari-mutuel and racing-related activities in the state.
She briefly returned to Canterbury Park as a steward in 2016 for the Minnesota Racing Commission, before she rejoined NYRA in 2017 as Chief Examining Veterinarian.
Dr. Durenberger also serves as a member of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program executive board, as well as serving on the American Association of Equine Practitioners Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee and on the Jockey Club's Racing Equipment and Safety Committee.
Launched in April 2017, Across the Board with Andy Serling is a podcast presented by the New York Racing Association. New episodes of the show will be released in regular installments throughout the year, providing fans and horseplayers with access to the most interesting personalities in racing.
Episode 29: Dr. Jennifer Durenberger
Episode 28: Anthony Stabile
Episode 27: Breeders' Cup World Championships with David Aragona
Episode 26: Christophe Clement
Episode 25: Nick Zito
Episode 24: Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Recap with David Aragona
Episode 23: Brad Cox
Episode 22: Bob Baffert
Episode 21: Belmont Stakes Post-Position Draw Roundtable Discussion
Episode 20: 143 Preakness Recap
Episode 19: Preakness Stakes Preview
Episode 18: Kentucky Derby Recap with David Aragona
Episode 17: Kentucky Derby Preview
Episode 16: Maggie Wolfendale-Morley
Episode 15: Frank Mirahmadi
Episode 14: Bruce Johnstone
Episode 13: Eddie Bown
Episode 12: Richard Violette, Jr.
Episode 11: Gabby Gaudet
Episode 10: Chad Brown
Episode 9: Kiaran McLaughlin
Episode 8: Glen Kozak
Episode 7: Jimmy Riccio, Jr.
Episode 6: Chris Kay
Episode 5: Rajiv Maragh
Episode 4: Angel Cordero, Jr.
Episode 3: Richard Migliore
Episode 2: David Grening
Episode 1: Harvey Pack