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. 

Upcoming KTDF Deadlines 

  • October 27th, 2014
    - 2015 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale: Deadline for KTDF to appear in catalog
  • February 16th, 2015
    - 2015 Keeneland April Two-Year-Old Sale: Deadline for KTDF to appear in catalog

This Day in History

Oct. 20, 1923: Zev, winner of the 1923 Kentucky Derby, defeated England's hero Papyrus, winner of the 1923 Epsom Derby, in a $100,000 match race at Belmont Park. The race, the International Special, marked the first time an English champion had been sent to the United States to race. For his victory, Zev was awarded $80,000 and a gold cup valued at $5,000. Public interest in the race was so great that it was broadcast on the radio-a first. Within two days, films of the race were distributed at movie theaters in New York City and, eventually, across the nation.
 


KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

Churchill Downs will race next September under a compromise announced Wednesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that involves the Central Avenue track and Kentucky Downs, which also races during the month.
The stalemate between Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs over next year’s September racing calendar is apparently over.
The proposed purchase of a small Kentucky standardbred track by the Keeneland Association and a partner is not guaranteed for approval, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Bob Beck said Tuesday.
Frank Brothers has had a life long interest in horses that dates back to his early childhood. He trained Thoroughbreds from 1980 to April 2009 and maintained both a public and a private stable at various times. During his training tenure he maintained a win percentage of around 24% while winning over 2,200 races, including over 175 stakes races. Among those stakes winners were Hansel, multiple Grade I winner of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and three-year-old Champion; Secret Hello (GI); Arch (GI); Pulpit (GII); Mighty (GII); Oath (GI) and, more recently, Madcap Escapade (GI) and First Samurai (GI). Many of these horses Frank purchased at auction and developed into stakes winners. While Frank has raced in every major racing jurisdiction in the country, he raced primarily in Kentucky and South Florida for the last 15 years and resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, former jockey, Donna Barton Brothers. Since retiring from training horses, Brothers now works on the Keeneland yearlings inspection team and serves as a bloodstock agent and racing advisor to Starlight Racing and a other clients. Frank is responsible for the purchase of Champion Shanghai Bobby, graded stakes winner Algorithms, and G2 winner Intense Holiday for Starlight Racing.


 



Board Profile:

Frank Brothers has had a life long interest in horses that dates back to his early childhood. He trained Thoroughbreds from 1980 to April 2009 and maintained both a public and a private stable at various times. During his training tenure he maintained a win percentage of around 24% while winning over 2,200 races, including over 175 stakes races. Among those stakes winners were Hansel, multiple Grade I winner of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and three-year-old Champion; Secret Hello (GI); Arch (GI); Pulpit (GII); Mighty (GII); Oath (GI) and, more recently, Madcap Escapade (GI) and First Samurai (GI). Many of these horses Frank purchased at auction and developed into stakes winners. While Frank has raced in every major racing jurisdiction in the country, he raced primarily in Kentucky and South Florida for the last 15 years and resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, former jockey, Donna Barton Brothers. Since retiring from training horses, Brothers now works on the Keeneland yearlings inspection team and serves as a bloodstock agent and racing advisor to Starlight Racing and a other clients. Frank is responsible for the purchase of Champion Shanghai Bobby, graded stakes winner Algorithms, and G2 winner Intense Holiday for Starlight Racing.