07/26/2006 12:00AM

Gallagher leaving Kentucky post


Jim Gallagher submitted his resignation as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority on Wednesday, according to Gallagher and an announcement from the department overseeing the authority. The resignation is effective Oct. 1.

Gallagher, a New York native who had previously served on the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, cited family reasons for his resignation in an interview on Wednesday.

"I have to deal with some family issues right now, and it's not something I can turn my back on," Gallagher said. Gallagher's parents, who have had health problems over the last several years, live in Florida.

During Gallagher's tenure, the authority adopted controversial medication rules that significantly reduced the number of medications that can be given on raceday in the state. The changes were opposed by horsemen in the state.

Gallagher was appointed on Sept. 27, 2004, after a nationwide search. He said he will assist the authority in its search for a replacement.

"I feel fortunate I was selected to lead the authority, and I've been very fortunate to work with a lot of dedicated people," Gallagher said.