Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently received a $25,000 unrestricted gift from Plainfield Asset Management LLC, a hedge fund sponsor in Greenwich, Conn., that has global interests in horse racing and gaming.
The college will use the money to support Cornell’s equine Clinical Fellowship, held by Sophy Jesty, DVM, ’01. The two-year Clinical Fellows Program, which launched in August, will address the growing shortage of academic veterinarians who conduct research on animal diseases. The cost per student is estimated at $220,000.
“The gift, which we understand will help to train the next generation of equine researchers and educators, is an investment in a bright and viable future—for education, for the horse racing industry and for the state’s economy,” said Harold Levy, managing director, special counsel for Plainfield.
Plainfield has investments in Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, both New York horse racing facilities, and is the principal investor in Capital Play, one of the bidders for the video lottery terminal at Aqueduct Race Track in New York.