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 

  • August 3rd, 2015
    - 2015 Keeneland November 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

July 7, 1934: Mary Hirsch became the first female to be licensed as a Thoroughbred trainer, in Illinois. Hirsch subsequently was licensed in Michigan that year and two years later, on April 9, she was licensed by The Jockey Club to train in New York.
 


KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

Tony Holmes, along with his wife Susan, is the owner of Marula Park Stud in Lexington, Kentucky. Originally from New Zealand Mr. Holmes moved to Lexington in 1984 when he came to work for Airdrie Stud manager, Tim Thornton. He and his wife commercially breed and race Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds for themselves. They own 30 mares in partnership and are co-breeder of graded stakes winners Stevie Wonderboy, Dangerous Midge, and Zanjero. Marula Park and Dr. Walter Zent, long time Thoroughbred partner, recently bred Guccio a Standardbred who has earned $1.1 million. Holmes' daughter, Sarah, is currently in the Darley Flying Start rogram and son, Michael, is in the accounting department at WinStar Farm.
Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate heard arguments Wednesday in an instant-racing lawsuit on a motion by the Family Foundation to have an in-court demonstration of the electronic games based on past horse races.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved on Monday a series of amendments to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund, including measures to allow pregnant mares covered by a Kentucky stallion and purchased at a public auction outside of the state to nominate for the fund.
Keeneland will be the focus of the racing world in October when the track presents 23 stakes worth a total of $5,975,000 in purse money during its 2015 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 2-24, and the special three-day celebration, Oct. 29-31, surrounding the $26 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships.


 



Board Profile:

Tony Holmes, along with his wife Susan, is the owner of Marula Park Stud in Lexington, Kentucky. Originally from New Zealand Mr. Holmes moved to Lexington in 1984 when he came to work for Airdrie Stud manager, Tim Thornton. He and his wife commercially breed and race Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds for themselves. They own 30 mares in partnership and are co-breeder of graded stakes winners Stevie Wonderboy, Dangerous Midge, and Zanjero. Marula Park and Dr. Walter Zent, long time Thoroughbred partner, recently bred Guccio a Standardbred who has earned $1.1 million. Holmes' daughter, Sarah, is currently in the Darley Flying Start rogram and son, Michael, is in the accounting department at WinStar Farm.