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
  • 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

March 1, 1969: Tuesdee Testa, 27, became the first female jockey to win a race at a major American Thoroughbred track when she won the third race at Santa Anita Park aboard Buz On.

KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

A last-minute agenda addition gave new life Thursday to a bill to restore a tax break for the Breeders' Cup. House Bill 134, which was in jeopardy of dying as the legislative session approaches its last full week, passed the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.
The Breeders’ Cup has today released detailed ticketing information for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course on October 30-31. Bringing the world-class racing event to one of the most prestigious tracks in the country, Breeders’ Cup’s 2015 event will mark the first time that the World Championships will be held at Keeneland, the iconic track located in the heart of the Bluegrass region in Lexington, Ky. To meet the strong demand from fans who want to be a part of this historic event, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 4, which is an unprecedented three months earlier than the normal release date for tickets. Ticket offerings will include a wide range of seating options located across the Keeneland campus.
As the legislature is now in the second half of its session, here's a list of bills of most interest to the horse industry. They deal with Instant Racing, the Breeders' Cup and, of course, casinos. Some are waiting to be loaded into the gate, some are on the farm recuperating (dead), some are sitting off the pace and others are touted but -- so far -- lost in the pack.
Turfway Park has announced a purse hike, effective with the resumption of live racing Friday evening at the northern Kentucky track.


Board Profile:

Chris Baker is a 30-year industry veteran with international expertise in multiple facets of the Thoroughbred business. The 1986 University of Maryland graduate initially worked in the broodmare, stallion and racing divisions at Lane's End Farm. He then headed overseas, learning the training craft in racing jurisdictions as varied as England, Australia, and New Zealand. Repatriated to California, Chris was an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Neil Drysdale and Richard Mandella, working with such Champions as A.P. Indy, Kotashaan, and Phone Chatter, before training on his own. A return to farm management eventually brought Chris to Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where he served as General Manager for 11 years until that operation dispersed in 2011. During his tenure, Spring Hill produced more than 100 stakes winners and was twice honored as TOBA's National Breeders of the Year. Chris then served as General Manager at WinStar Farm before joining Three Chimneys in December, 2013.