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 

  • 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

Aug. 29, 1987: Charlie Whittingham became the first trainer to surpass 500 stakes wins when he sent Ferdinand to victory in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

It's an area of clear contrast in the race for Kentucky governor, casino gambling.
When Keeneland hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 30-31, it will not only face the challenge posed by having the largest crowd to ever attend the races at the Lexington track, but also how to prepare for the marathon mixed sale that begins Nov. 2.
Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland today announced public transportation service plans for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will offer shuttle service from three Park-and-Ride locations in the Lexington area to and from Keeneland Race Course on October 30 and 31.
Keeneland will celebrate its first time to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct. 30-31, with a special day of racing titled Prelude to the Cup to be held Thursday, Oct. 29. Individual ticket reservations for Prelude to the Cup will go on sale beginning today via KEENELAND.COM/PRELUDE.


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.