06/29/2005 11:00PM

Ky. awards plan deadline put off

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Three Kentucky horse industry groups working on a proposal for how to distribute the state's breeder incentive awards have extended their deadline for presenting their recommendations.

The president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, Ken Wilkins, said Thursday that his organization and two others - the lobbying group Kentucky Equine Education Project and the combined Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders - will not make a presentation to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority on July 1, as initially planned. The racing authority ultimately will determine how a projected $10 million to $12 million in revenue from Kentucky's 6-percent tax on stud fees will be awarded to breeders.

Wilkins said he could not yet provide a timeline for when the group's work might be finished but said: "That was a self-imposed deadline that wasn't set in stone. This work is so important, we didn't want to rush things."