07/26/2004 12:00AM

Ky. racing still lacks leader


The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority does not appear much closer to hiring an executive director.

The authority met Monday at The Red Mile in Lexington but didn't announce a choice to succeed interim executive director Jesse Skees, who leaves at the end of the month. KHRA chairman Bill Street said that there are now five people under consideration for the job, up from three finalists last month. All are involved in horse racing, Street said, but some have held positions outside of Kentucky. The KHRA has been seeking a full-time executive director for months. Former executive director Bernie Hettel resigned in January.

Also unfilled is the position of state steward, which Hettel also held. Acting chief steward Mickey Sample is expected to be named to fill the post. Street said the KHRA had made a choice but would not identify the candidate, pending his notification. Street said he hoped that position would be filled by the KHRA's next meeting on Aug. 16.