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

July 1, 2001, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel won two Grade I races on opposite coasts, on different surfaces, both via disqualification. First, Senure was elevated to the top spot in the United Nations Handicap, a turf race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., following the disqualification of With Anticipation for a bumping incident in midstretch. Then, just 30 minutes later and on the same CBS telecast, Aptitude was placed first after Futural was disqualified for a similar infraction in the Hollywood Gold Cup, a top dirt race at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.


KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

After reading multiple reports, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association is currently monitoring the situation in Mercer County regarding alleged abandonment of multiple horses. The KTA, Breeders Cup Ltd., and the Consignors and Breeders Association are prepared to render assistance if and when requested by civil authorities.
Royal Ascot is widely considered the world’s highest-class Thoroughbred race meeting, and it lived up to its billing once again last week. With six races a day spread over five days of unmatched pageantry and pomp at the Queen of England’s racecourse, 23 of the 30 races earn their winners black type, 18 are group races, and eight are Group 1 races.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced June 21 the committee structure and members for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.
Keeneland will offer 17 graded stakes worth $5.275 million during its 2016 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 7-29, which kicks off with nine graded stakes presented as part of the track’s prestigious Fall Stars Weekend. Eight Fall Meet stakes are Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” events with winners automatically qualifying for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 4-5.


 



Board Profile:

Involved in the Thoroughbred breeding and racing business all his life. Father Willie was a Veterinarian and was later Managing Director of Tattersalls Ireland. Graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin 1985. Moved to Kentucky in 1986 initially to Ashford Stud. Managed Creek View Farm from 1988-1992. Manager of Juddmonte Farms from 1992 to present. Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club Farm Manager of the Year 2001.