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
    -  Fasig-Tipton July Sale: Deadilne for KTDF to appear in catalog


This Day in History

April 19, 2000: Jockey Pat Day guided first time starter Unbridled Time to victory in the second race at Keeneland, giving the 46-year-old a record 717 victories at the Lexington, Ky. track.

KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

WISE DAN was named the winner of three 2013 KTOB KY-bred Champion awards for the second consecutive year, including HORSE OF THE YEAR, at today’s annual KTOB KY-bred Champions Awards Luncheon hosted at Keeneland Racecourse. In addition, WISE DAN was voted KY-bred Champion OLDER MALE and MALE TURF HORSE. WISE DAN is owned by his breeder Morton Fink and trained by KTA/KTOB Board Member, Charles LoPresti. KTOB Broodmare of the Year honors went to TAKE CHARGE LADY, owned by Eaton Sales who also took home honors as the breeder of 3 Year Old Colt, WILL TAKE CHARGE.
Simply retiring a horse when his prime racing days have passed is fraught with complications; main concerns include cost of long-term care (horses can live upwards of 25 years), location of a suitable facility, and assurance that the horse is being cared for properly. Adoption, on the other hand, offers myriad options for successful second careers; it places no additional financial or emotional burden on the owner or breeder. These second-career choices, however, hinge on one key element: That the horse is retired from racing while still sound. Sarah Coleman, soon-to-be director of education and development for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in the United States, explores the importance of soundness for a successful second career.
Churchill Downs' new video board, the largest 4K high-definition screen in the world, is ready to light up for race fans on opening night.
The slot-like Instant Racing game saw its best month in Kentucky in March thanks to a record-setting month at Kentucky Downs in Franklin.


Board Profile:

Phil Sims was born and raised in Kentucky on a horse and cattle farm. Phil 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. Phil owns and operates a farm in central Kentucky and his son Matthew is his main assistant at the race track.