Keyword: Kentucky Horse Racing Authority

  • Kentucky Authority OKs Stricter Medication Policy

    Despite a final plea by a group of local horsemen, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority unanimously moved Feb. 22 to adopt the model race-day medication rules proposed by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

  • Kentucky Tracks to Test for Milkshakes

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted Feb. 18 to recommend to the state's horse racing authority a set of guidelines for testing horses racing in the state for the practice known as "milkshaking." The horse racing authority will vote on the recommendations during its Feb. 22 meeting.

  • Kentucky Panel: Adopt Model Medication Rules

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council set in motion major changes in the state's medication and drug-testing policies when it voted Feb. 4 to recommend adoption of the model rules devised by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

  • Kentucky Panel Proposes Workers' Comp Fund

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, in a race against the legislative clock, moved Feb. 2 to submit recommendations to Gov. Ernie Fletcher for creation of a workers' compensation fund that would cover jockeys and exercise riders at racetracks and some training facilities.

  • Ramsey Issues Statement on Fine, Suspension

    Owner Ken Ramsey, who was fined $25,000 and suspended for seven days by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for improperly attempting to influence another owner to scratch a horse at Turfway Park, issued a statement Jan. 24 regarding the situation.

  • More Questions Raised in Kentucky Drug Debate

    The debate over equine medication and drug testing in Kentucky may be colored by very important questions: Is the medication policy currently in place in the Bluegrass state legitimate, and are all racing jurisdictions on the same page when it comes to national uniformity?

  • Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher, attended equine drug research council meeting.

    Revision of Kentucky Medication Rules Looms

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which met Dec. 21 for the first time since the fall of 2003, has mostly new members and a new agenda that includes updated and cohesive regulations and perhaps major changes to the state's race-day medication policy for Thoroughbred racing.

  • Kentucky Equine Drug Panel Gets New Members

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which hasn't met since the fall of 2003, has been officially reconstituted. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

  • Guild Targets Churchill, Kentucky in Insurance Conflict

    The Jockeys' Guild, in the wake of the ejection of 15 riders by Churchill Downs, has targeted the racetrack and the state of Kentucky in a rapidly developing conflict over what the Guild believes is inadequate medical insurance in many racing states.

  • On-Hiatus Kentucky Drug Council Being Reconstituted

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which hasn't met since last October, is being reconstituted under the administration of Gov. Ernie Fletcher and its new members will be announced soon, according to individuals close to the situation.

  • 'Mutuel Fun' Could Get Test at Keeneland Meet

    Keeneland will request approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Sept. 27 to offer a new wager whereby patrons can invest money in a group of predetermined selections during each racing program at the meet that begins Oct. 8.

  • Kentucky Considers Drug-Testing Proposal

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Association, at its next meeting Aug. 16, hopes to consider an upgraded drug-testing plan offered by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Blood-Horse Publications Launches Initiative to Educate Legislators about Thoroughbred Industry

    In an effort to educate Kentucky residents and legislators on the importance of the horse industry to the Commonwealth's economy, Blood-Horse Publications is providing each member of the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives with an annual subscription to <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, the company's flagship publication and the oldest continually published North American Thoroughbred magazine.

  • Gallagher Hired by Kentucky Horse Racing Authority

    The Kentucky Racing Authority appointed Jim Gallagher, a former executive with the New York Racing Association, to the position of executive director effective Sept. 27. Gov. Ernie Fletcher approved the appointment, authority officials said during an Aug. 16 meeting.

  • Kentucky to Consider Graded Stakes Testing Plan

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, at its next meeting Aug. 16, hopes to consider an upgraded drug-testing plan offered by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Audit: Kentucky Panel 'Messy,' But No Intent to Defraud

    Though the old Kentucky Racing Commission has been called "messy and sloppily run," with lax management and a disregard for standard business practices, the organization did nothing that calls for involvement by law enforcement agencies, according to an audit report released June 22.

  • Kentucky Panel Finds Violation by Former Official

    The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission has found the former executive director of the Kentucky Racing Commission violated state law when he accepted a job at Churchill Downs, the Lexington <i>Herald-Leader</i> reported.

  • Jockey Elliott Ready to Ride

    Jockey Stewart Elliott is ready to stop answering questions about his past and is anxious to take the gate aboard 6-5 favorite Smarty Jones in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.

  • KHRA Gives Go Ahead on Jockey Ads

    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.

  • State Might Probe Hiring of Former Racing Official

    The former executive director of the abolished Kentucky Racing Commission could face ethics charges because he accepted a position as a consultant with Churchill Downs, the Lexington <i>Herald-Leader</i> reported.

  • Churchill Hires Hettel as Racing Consultant

    Bernie Hettel, the former chief state steward and executive director of the defunct Kentucky Racing Commission, has been hired by Churchill Downs as a consultant on racing issues.

  • Kentucky Moves Ahead With Drug-Testing Contract

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority is moving forward with renewal of an equine drug-testing contract with Iowa State University pending review of the document by the state Finance Cabinet and assurances test results will be expedited.

  • Sample Named Interim Chief Steward at Keeneland

    Michael "Mickey" Sample has been named interim chief racing steward for the Keeneland spring meet that begins April 2, said LaJuana Wilcher, secretary of the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.

  • Kentucky Racing Panel Amendment Generates Conflict

    An amendment to require the new 13-member Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to have no more than seven members of the same political party isn't expected to thwart Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher's plans, a state senator said March 25.

  • Kentucky Racing Authority Measure Passes Senate

    Legislation to establish the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and move it under the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet was passed by the state Senate Feb. 24 and sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

  • Kentucky Helmet Rule to Remain for Now

    A decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Monday to temporarily suspend a state rule requiring jockeys to wear a specific type of helmet will not immediately go into effect.

  • Kentucky Temporarily Changes Helmet Rule

    Members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority are still getting an introduction to their new roles, but that didn't stop them from changing a notable racing rule during a Feb. 16 meeting. Eleven of the 12 members present voted to temporarily suspend the rule that mandates what type of helmets jockeys must wear.

  • Skees Named Interim Director of Kentucky Racing Authority

    Jesse Skees, who serves as executive director of the Office of Inspector General for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Public Protection Authority, will be the acting executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority until a permanent replacement is found.

  • Grand Opportunity

    <i>By Jim Squires</i> -- 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.