Former trainer John T. Ward has left his position as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the second major leadership departure at the regulatory agency since Matt Bevin assumed office as governor.
- By Tom LaMarra
By Tom LaMarra - Gaming in West Virginia and other states has kept racetracks open, put money in horsemen's pockets, and encouraged breed development. Whether it has done anything to spark long-term interest in and stability for horse racing is dubious at best.
Governor Ernie Fletcher signed an emergency regulation Dec. 15 to implement the Kentucky Horse Breeders' Incentive Fund, which will encourage and support excellence in non-race breeds in the commonwealth.
Members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority plan to sit down with representatives of Gov. Ernie Fletcher's cabinet in the coming weeks to address concerns relating to the operating budget of the KHRA.
- By Esther Marr
Just days before the Run for the Roses, Gov. Ernie Fletcher made a trip to Churchill Downs to present the first Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund check. The recipients were Mike and Jeanne Owens, owners of Kentucky-bred Sinister Minister, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 15.
- By Ron Mitchell
Legislation to provide workers' compensation coverage to jockeys in Kentucky, deemed a priority item for Gov. Ernie Fletcher's legislative agenda, was approved 83-12 by the Kentucky House of Representatives Friday.
With three months to go before the 2006 Kentucky General Assembly convenes in Frankfort, Lt. Gov. Steve Pence told a group of lawmakers and lobbyists Sept. 27 not to expect Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and his administration to be out in front on the casino gambling issue.
A blue ribbon panel to study and resolve jockey insurance issues in Kentucky entertained opinions from industry representatives, including jockey and owners, Thursday about what form jockeys' insurance should take in the Commonwealth and who should pay for it.
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher Thursday appointed a panel to study workers' compensation coverage for jockeys and exercise riders, which he said is a legislative priority for 2006.
With representatives of the Kentucky Equine Education Project on hand, a new incentive program for all breeds was signed into law by Gov. Ernie Fletcher March 18.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The horse industry now has a strong voice in Frankfort that will be heard.
A proposal to create a breeders' incentive fund for Kentucky and a modification on the tax of yearlings and 2-year-olds is one step closer to reality after the State senate unanimously approved Gov. Ernie Fletcher's tax bill 37-0 Feb. 28.
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher issued an emergency regulation late Thursday changing the restrictions on Texas livestock entering Kentucky that were imposed because of a vesicular stomatitis (VS).
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman -- Fletcher was very polished in congratulating Smarty Jones' owners, trainer, and jockey. But his ears had to be ringing from Churchill CEO Tom Meeker's comment that, "The sun wasn't shining too bright in Kentucky today but I have a slight feeling it was shining in Pennsylvania."
Hours after a federal judge Thursday ruled in favor of five jockeys being allowed to wear advertising in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority suspended its rule barring commercial logos, thus allowing all jockeys in Kentucky to wear advertising.
On Wednesday Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher requested state auditor Crit Luallen to review policies and procedures by the former Kentucky Racing Commission, which he disbanded in January.
Kentucky Secretary of Commerce Jim Host told the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club that the state's administration will work to promote the horse industry.
Hiring an executive director and a chief state steward are among the first items of business for the newly created Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. The 16-member panel held an orientation meeting Feb. 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
By Jim Squires -- Being both an incurable reformer and a glutton for punishment, it is hard not to be envious of the opportunity Gov. Ernie Fletcher has given his newly constituted Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
- By Tom LaMarra
Racing industry officials in Kentucky are taking a wait-and-see approach in the wake of the election of Republican Congressman Ernie Fletcher as governor, but a few said Fletcher's representation of the horse industry in Washington, D.C. bodes well for Kentucky.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Thoroughbred industry will have to face the music and change its tune in the next few years if it is to flourish, trainer John Ward suggested during a lively discussion the evening of Nov. 4 at the monthly Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club welcomed Kentucky Lt. Governor candidate Steve Pence to its Oct. 7 meeting. The candidate discussed what role the Fletcher-Pence administration would play in promoting the Thoroughbred industry. The state election is Nov. 4
By Ernie Fletcher -- Both Kentucky gubernatorial candidates were posed the following question: "Why should the horse industry in Kentucky support you for governor?" Here is the response by candidate Ernie Fletcher.
Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler, who is running as the Democrat candidate for Governor of the state, said he is in favor of expanded gaming in the state and would support sending the issue to a vote of the population by way of a constitutional amendment. Chandler made those remarks while speaking to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club on Tuesday.
Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler, who is running as the Democrat candidate for Governor of the state, addressed expanded gaming while speaking to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club on Tuesday.
U.S. Representative Ernie Fletcher (Ky-R), a candidate for governor of the state of Kentucky in 2003, pledged his support for the Thoroughbred breeding industry in an address to the winning breeders of Breeders' Cup races Jan 12 at Keeneland Race Course.
Financial assistance for owners and breeders impacted by mare reproductive loss syndrome was offered for consideration Thursday morning as part of broad farm-related legislation to be considered by the House Agriculture Committee in July.
By Ray Paulick -- Politicians should look beyond the false image of the breeding industry to the rank-and-file horse farmers.
Kentucky's entire delegation of U.S. Senators and Congressmen has written a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman alerting her of the foal/fetal loss syndrome in Kentucky and asking for assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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