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. 25, 1947: After winning the Gallant Fox Handicap at Jamaica, a former $1,500 claimer, Stymie, became the world's leading money-winning Thoroughbred, with earnings of $816,060. Stymie raced two additional years and retired in 1949, at age eight, with lifetime winnings of $918,485.

KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

Bryan Beccia was released from Blackburn Correctional Complex on Oct. 3, 2011. Beccia, former exercise rider of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, lost his license in 2006 after being sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug charges related to methamphetamine.
Keeneland is scrapping plans for its on-site expanding gambling venture and instead will team with The Red Mile to open an instant racing parlor near downtown Lexington.
Some of the harvest from industrial hemp crops grown in Kentucky as part of a pilot program will be tried out for stable bedding.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission necropsy program is continuing to provide evidence that many racehorses that suffer catastrophic injuries often have pre-existing conditions that lead to breakdowns.


Board Profile:

Phil Sims was born and raised in Kentucky on a horse and cattle farm. Sims has been active in the Thoroughbred business for over 25 years as a trainer, owner and breeder. He continues to support Thoroughbred racing in the state of Kentucky and he keeps a stable of 20 horses in training year round at Keeneland. His biggest racing success was G1 winner Hot Cha Cha. Sims owns and operates a farm in central Kentucky and his son Matthew is his main assistant at the race track. He is passionate about the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky and he works hard promoting the horse racing and breeding business in the commonwealth. Sims owns and trainers G2 winner Don't Tell Sophia.