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 

  • May 20th, 2015
    - 2015 Fasig-Tipton July Sale: Deadline for KTDF to appear in catalog
  • June 19th, 2015
    - 2015 Fasig-Tipton Summer Selected HORA Sale: Deadline for KTDF to appear in catalog
  • June 29th, 2015
    - 2015 Keeneland September Sale: Deadline for KTDF to appear in catalog
  • September 10th, 2015
    - 2015 Fasig-Tipton October Sale: Deadline for KTDF to appear in catalog
  • September 15th, 2015
    - 2015 Fasig-Tipton November Sale: Deadline for KTDF to appear in catalog

This Day in History

April 27, 1973: At Churchill Downs, Secretariat worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
 


KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

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.
Between the boutique race meets in spring and fall and world-renowned horse sales, Keeneland has an economic impact of almost $600 million, according to a new study released Thursday.
The next TOBA Seminar will be the Breeding Clinic in Lexington, KY from May 15-17. TOBA is offering KTA members a discount for the upcoming seminar. It is $100 off of the non-member rate. Contact Carrie Vaught at cvaught@toba.org or 859-276-2291 for any questions.
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:

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.