Our Mission

We are committed to long-term solutions that will enable us to protect and promote the Thoroughbred industry.  We strive to increase our influence on issues that impact our industry locally, nationally, and internationally.

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association

A group of Kentucky's finest horsemen formed the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) in 1983 with two primary goals. The first was to unite the industry by addressing long-term problems and representing the Thoroughbred industry on a national basis. The second was to maintain the highest standards of racing, breeding and training in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders

The state's leading breeders founded the Thoroughbred Breeders of Kentucky, Inc. in 1961. TBK focused on promoting and protecting the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. Renamed Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. (KTOB) in 1980, the organization expanded to include owners as well as breeders. 

This Day in History

June 28, 1989: Arlington International Racecourse opened in Arlington Heights, Ill. It had been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the old facility, July 31, 1985.


KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

Chris Baker is a 30-year industry veteran with international expertise in multiple facets of the Thoroughbred business. The 1986 University of Maryland graduate initially worked in the broodmare, stallion and racing divisions at Lane's End Farm. He then headed overseas, learning the training craft in racing jurisdictions as varied as England, Australia, and New Zealand. Repatriated to California, Chris was an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Neil Drysdale and Richard Mandella, working with such Champions as A.P. Indy, Kotashaan, and Phone Chatter, before training on his own. A return to farm management eventually brought Chris to Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where he served as General Manager for 11 years until that operation dispersed in 2011. During his tenure, Spring Hill produced more than 100 stakes winners and was twice honored as TOBA's National Breeders of the Year. Chris then served as General Manager at WinStar Farm before joining Three Chimneys in December, 2013.
For the first time in 30-some years, Keeneland has tweaked the commission structure for all of its auctions.
Churchill Downs plans to build a new stand-alone facility at its Trackside training center in Louisville to house 650 historical horse-racing machines, with a planned opening in the late summer or fall of next year, company officials said on Tuesday after receiving preliminary approval for the plan from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Over the years, Marty Buckner has participated in several aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. While in high school and college, she prepped horses and worked the sales for local farms. Later, Marty worked for two Thoroughbred trainers and was able to travel to many of the major racetracks across the country. Upon returning to Kentucky Marty began pin hooking weanlings, breeding mares of her own, and completed her degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. She currently works and resides on Clarkland Farm, which has been in her family since 1774, and is still a family-run operation. They run a boarding and breeding operation and consign their horses locally. Clarkland was placed in the PDR program several years ago - a family decision she strongly supported. Horses bred by Marty include stakes winners Dixie Dot Com(G2), R Lady Joy(G2), Saratoga’s Magic, Gee Can He Dance, My Great Love, El Deal and Party Pooper. Pinhooked stakes winners consist of Arson Squad(G2) and Highwayman. Marty is a current director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Inc./Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. When possible she enjoys having a horse in training. Marty states, “I feel racing is a great sport, as there is no feeling quite like standing in the winner’s circle! Being associated with good horses is our best asset and I feel Kentucky breds are the best in the world!” When asked about the importance of KTA, Marty states, "I think anyone breeding horses in Kentucky should be a member of the KTA as they are always working for the horses and horsemen."


 



Board Profile:

Chris Baker is a 30-year industry veteran with international expertise in multiple facets of the Thoroughbred business. The 1986 University of Maryland graduate initially worked in the broodmare, stallion and racing divisions at Lane's End Farm. He then headed overseas, learning the training craft in racing jurisdictions as varied as England, Australia, and New Zealand. Repatriated to California, Chris was an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Neil Drysdale and Richard Mandella, working with such Champions as A.P. Indy, Kotashaan, and Phone Chatter, before training on his own. A return to farm management eventually brought Chris to Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where he served as General Manager for 11 years until that operation dispersed in 2011. During his tenure, Spring Hill produced more than 100 stakes winners and was twice honored as TOBA's National Breeders of the Year. Chris then served as General Manager at WinStar Farm before joining Three Chimneys in December, 2013.