Updated on 03/20/2012 4:29PM

Kentucky names new state steward


Longtime racing official Barbara Borden has been named a state steward and acting chief steward for the Kentucky circuit, effective April 1, and will begin serving at race meets at the Keeneland spring meet that begins April 6, it was announced late Tuesday by the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, which oversees the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Borden effectively replaces Brice "Rick" Williams in the role of acting chief steward. Williams has been working the Turfway Park meet in the capacity of interim chief steward after the longtime chief steward, John Veitch, was suspended, then fired, following the Churchill Downs fall meet that ended last November.

It has not been announced whether Borden will remain in her new role when Churchill begins its spring meet April 28 and runs the 138th Kentucky Derby on May 5.

"The search is ongoing" for a replacement for Veitch, according to Dick Brown, a spokesman for the racing commission.

Borden's racetrack experience dates to 1976, when she began working as a groom and exercise rider. She has been an accredited steward since 1993 and has served in a variety of roles on the Kentucky circuit, primarily as horse identifier while also working various stints as a steward.

Kentucky tracks utilize two state stewards and one association steward for race meets.

- additional reporting by Matt Hegarty