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

July 23, 1985: A bay colt, Seattle Dancer, son of Nijinsky II and the mare My Charmer, sold to Robert Sangster for $13.1 million-the record price for a Thoroughbred. Seattle Dancer, a half brother to 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, raced five times as a three-year-old to earn less than $150,000 from two wins, one second and one third before he was retired. The previous record for a horse sold at auction was $10.2 million, paid by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum in 1983 for Snaafi Dancer, who never raced.


KTA-KTOB News & Announcements

Lyster is a trainer and the sole principle of Lyster Stables. A native of Kentucky, he grew up in the industry working under his father and horse trainer, R. Warren Lyster of Tarleton Farm. With the knowledge gained, he possesses the experience of an owner, breeder, and most recently, trainer of race horses based primarily at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. While he continues to race major jurisdictions throughout the nation, his stable mainly participates in Kentucky and Arkansas. The industry has provided him with much joy and this opportunity provides an outlet to give back to the industry. He believes it is very important to provide quality leadership not only for the horse, but for the betterment of the industry’s future.
Walker is the fourth generation of Hancock’s to run his family’s Claiborne Farm which was established in 1910. Claiborne has been a part of his entire life as he learned to work and handle horses at the early age of eight. After attending Sayre School in Lexington, Walker went on to attend the University of Florida where he majored in Animal Sciences with a minor in Agricultural Sales and Marketing. During summer vacations from school, Walker would work at Claiborne with the yearling sales prep team. As a requirement from his major, he needed to fulfill an internship within his respective industry. Walker had the opportunity to fill that obligation in the summer of 2010 working alongside the Keeneland Sales Inspection team. Upon graduation from Florida in May of 2012, Walker went to work for trainer Al Stall, first at Saratoga, then at Keeneland. For the 2013 breeding season, Walker was the resident vet technician at Claiborne. Once the breeding season ended, he spent time shadowing his father Seth, as well as Claiborne’s farm manager Bradley Purcell, taking a larger role in the Keeneland September Sale consignment as well as day-to-day farm operations. In early 2014, Walker became the President of Claiborne Farm and Seth Hancock became Chairman of the Board.
Born November 1, 1957, Baker grew up on Long Island working for his father George Baker who trained there for 20 years. In addition, he had the opportunity to work for Frank & David Whitely and Shug McGaughey. Shug helped him get started as a trainer in 1990. Baker has been training since then and has trained for the Kleins, George Steinbrenner, Greentree Stable, and Brereton Jones among others over the years.
A study by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) shows that agriculture is a valuable asset to Fayette County’s economy. Agriculture and the businesses that support it are responsible for one out of 12 jobs and for $2.3 billion in annual output.


 



Board Profile:

Lyster is a trainer and the sole principle of Lyster Stables. A native of Kentucky, he grew up in the industry working under his father and horse trainer, R. Warren Lyster of Tarleton Farm. With the knowledge gained, he possesses the experience of an owner, breeder, and most recently, trainer of race horses based primarily at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. While he continues to race major jurisdictions throughout the nation, his stable mainly participates in Kentucky and Arkansas. The industry has provided him with much joy and this opportunity provides an outlet to give back to the industry. He believes it is very important to provide quality leadership not only for the horse, but for the betterment of the industry’s future.