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. 

This Day in History

Aug. 27, 1953: The Thoroughbred Racing Associations denounced a plan for off-track betting in New York. John A. Morris, the TRA president, declared: "Although it could mean increased profits for the race tracks, off-course betting would inevitably subordinate racing and bring on an adverse public reaction which would kill a traditionally great sport and an economically significant industry."


KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

More than $15 million has gone into purses paid to owners running their thoroughbreds at Kentucky Downs the past four years as a direct result of the track's 2011 installation of historical horse racing. And that's not counting the almost $7 million earmarked for the upcoming five-date meet for purses and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) purse supplements derived from the innovative gaming technology that adheres to pari-mutuel methodology. The remainder of purse money is generated from betting on track and through simulcast wagering across the country on live racing. Kentucky Downs is offering overall purses, including KTDF, of $7.8 million for the unique all-grass meet that runs Sept. 3, 8, 10, 11 and 15.
The third annual Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day at Kentucky Downs is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3. Kentucky Downs designated two stakes races and five overnight races on that date to be available for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to sell sponsorships.
President of R. Eric Waldman Consulting Services, Inc., a Thoroughbred consulting firm whose main clients are JayEmEss Stables and Marty and Pam Wygod. Served as Vice President, in charge of Thoroughbred operations, for Windfields Farm. Consultant to and stallion manager for Overbrook Farm, in addition to performing consulting services for Calumet Farm, Golden Eagle Farm, and various other owners and breeders. Performed appraisal services for estates, banks, trusts, farms and racing stables. Former Assistant General Manager of Fasig-Tipton Co., Inc., Business Manager of Airdrie Stud and founding President of Stallion Access, Inc. Current Director and Treasurer of the KTA/KTOB.
Licensed trainer for 30 years. Stabled year-round at Keeneland and currently on the Kentucky, Chicago, and New Orleans circuit. Current Director of Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. Owner and operator of Sunnyside Farm in Paris, KY.


 



Board Profile:

President of R. Eric Waldman Consulting Services, Inc., a Thoroughbred consulting firm whose main clients are JayEmEss Stables and Marty and Pam Wygod. Served as Vice President, in charge of Thoroughbred operations, for Windfields Farm. Consultant to and stallion manager for Overbrook Farm, in addition to performing consulting services for Calumet Farm, Golden Eagle Farm, and various other owners and breeders. Performed appraisal services for estates, banks, trusts, farms and racing stables. Former Assistant General Manager of Fasig-Tipton Co., Inc., Business Manager of Airdrie Stud and founding President of Stallion Access, Inc. Current Director and Treasurer of the KTA/KTOB.