James E. (Ted) Bassett was honored Saturday by the Kentucky-based A.B. (Happy) Chandler Foundation with its eighth Kentuckian Award. About 700 members of the Lexington and Thoroughbred communities turned out for the program, which included former Governor Brereton C. Jones, W.T. Young, the 1998 recipient of the award, and a 'this is your life'-type introduction to Bassett. The foundation, which awards scholarships to Kentucky high school graduates attending Kentucky colleges and universities, also recognized its scholars and donors.
Bassett has served Kentucky as director of its state police, and the industry as president of Breeders' Cup Ltd., and general manager, president, and now chairman of the board of the Keeneland Association.
“Ted is just as much at home in the Keeneland kitchen as he is in the Keeneland board room,” said Jones. “And for that we love you Ted, we respect you.”