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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission sets committee structures, membership assignments

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced the committee structure and members for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. Some committees are established by statute or regulation and others are ad-hoc, but in every case, all committee meetings will be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. “We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated...

Bevin rounds out revamped Horse Racing Commission with three new appointees

Gov. Matt Bevin announced three additional members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).The latest appointments bring the newly established commission to full capacity with 15 members. KHRC executive director Marc A. Guilfoil said the new commissioners bring added expertise to an already talented group of commissioners. “I’m excited to have this group of individuals — who all love...

Revamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission includes Kling, Jones and former jockey Day

Twelve new members were named to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Gov. Matt Bevin also announced a revamped commission structure to enhance the focus on one of Kentucky’s signature industries. New members include retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, Breeders’ Cup Director Bret Jones, and Ken Jackson, founding member of the North American Standardbred Breeders Association. “These individuals...

Former ARCI vice president May named state supervisor of pari-mutuel wagering and compliance

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announces the appointment of Steve May as supervisor of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance. “The Commission is fortunate and excited for Steve to join our team,” said Marc Guilfoil, executive director of the KHRC. “He brings much experience and a deep knowledge of pari-mutuel wagering and the horse racing industry.” Steve May was appointed supervisor...

State Racing Commission releases Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive funds totaling $10.5 million

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced Friday the release of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds, totaling more than $10.5 million on nearly 4,000 races. KTBIF horses won 260 graded races in the U.S. and 31 group pattern races in Canada, England, France and Ireland. It was a successful year for Kentucky-breds with the biggest highlight coming from Triple Crown winner...

Bob Beck to step down as chair of Kentucky Horse Racing commission; Bevin to name replacement

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Chairman Robert “Bob” Beck announced today that he will step down from his post effective Dec. 7. Beck, who has chaired the KHRC since his appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2008, made his decision known at the December meeting of the KHRC. Bob Beck “This incredible opportunity to serve with a number of excellent industry leaders who are fellow members of the...

KHRC releases out-of-competition test results for Kentucky Oaks and Derby

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) today announced results of the more than 75 out-of-competition tests that were conducted on horses nominated to stakes races for Friday’s Oaks Day racing card as well as Saturday’s Kentucky Derby racing card. Testing was performed by LGC Science Group, Ltd. (formerly HFL Sport Science, Inc.), the KHRC’s official testing laboratory.   “I am...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission opens eligibility to mares for Kentucky Sires Stakes

Beginning with the 2014 breeding season, horses by resident mares will be eligible for the Kentucky Sire Stakes, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The Kentucky Sire Stakes is a culmination of a month-long series of preliminary races, with the biggest money earners getting a chance to compete in one of the richest finals in North America.   The Kentucky Sire Stakes is funded by...

Council recommends research fundingto Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to recommend funding for three research proposals, one of which involves retirement facilities for racehorses.   The nine-person council, which met Wednesday, will take their recommendations in June to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, an independent government agency. Funding would start July 1, said Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky’s equine medical...

Council recommends research fundingto Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to recommend funding for three research proposals, one of which involves retirement facilities for racehorses.   The nine-person council, which met Wednesday, will take their recommendations in June to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, an independent government agency. Funding would start July 1, said Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky’s...