07/13/2005 11:00PM

Kentucky groups talk awards again

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Three horsemen's groups with the task of recommending a distribution plan for Kentucky's proposed breeder incentive awards met again Wednesday in an attempt to unify behind a single plan.

The three groups - Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders - have differed over whether the projected $10 million to $12 million in breeders' funds should be distributed to Kentucky-bred winners at Kentucky tracks only or to national and some international winners as well.

The farm managers group and KTA/KTOB have publicly supported the wider distribution plan, while the education panel has favored an in-state plan.

Those attending the meeting declined to provide specifics but generally termed the gathering positive.

"We're absolutely happy with the progress we're making," said Jim Navolio, executive director of KEEP.