Patrick Adams has been hired by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to serve as director of enforcement, a position the KHRC said has been vacant for almost two years because of budget woes.
Adams began his new duties Dec. 16, the KHRC said in a release dated the same day. He previously held the position of assistant director of security for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
For the KHRC, Adams will oversight and management of the enforcement division, performing professional-level work in investigations involving the search, surveillance, and apprehension of persons suspected of violating laws related to horse racing, and coordinating investigative services at the five Thoroughbred and three Standardbred racetracks in Kentucky, the commission said.
“The director of enforcement position is essential as we continue to address the integrity of horse racing in Kentucky,” KHRC executive director Lisa Underwood said in a statement. “Pat’s background in police and security work, and his experience with both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing as an investigator, brings professionalism and passion to the racing industry in Kentucky. History has shown that having feet on the ground is one of the most valuable enforcement tools.”
Adams also served as chief of the Knightstown, Ind., police department for four years and is in the process of obtaining his steward’s accreditation from the University of Louisville Equine Industry program.
Hiring a director of enforcement was one of the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing in the state. The KHRC recently hired a supervisor of pari-mutuel wagering.