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Wayne Lukas appointed to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
By Matt Hegarty
D. Wayne Lukas, the Hall of Fame trainer, has been appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a term that expires in mid-2016, according to officials in the governor’s office.
It is the first appointment to a racing commission for Lukas, who continues to train a large racing stable. Lukas replaces Michael Pitino, the son of University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who resigned earlier this year after moving to Florida.
Beshear also appointed James Richardson to the commission, replacing Frank Kling, whose term expired on July 1. Richardson, an owner and breeder and a surgeon with the University of Louisville School of Medicine, was recently elected to the board of the Breeders’ Cup. He is also the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee.
Beshear reappointed three members to the commission: Burr Travis, a northern Kentucky lawyer and a horse owner; Frank L. Jones, a horse owner and businessman; and Jerry Yon, a Lexington doctor who is the chairman of the commission’s Equine Drug Research Council.
Saw an interview with him on HBO, lost the admiration for him when he made the statement that the Jockeys basically need to be quiet about being allowed to carry extra weight , that the owners spends a lot of money for the horses and the extra weight would be detrimental to the horses , I Am on Randy Romero's side , Chris McCarron's side, jockeys in europe carry extra weight , racing is just fine over there !
Mr. Lukas in the 80's had one of the largest stable of horses in the country, with breakdowns and deaths his fortunes turned. If this proves anything it is if you last long enough you will come into favor again. He is the trainer of Calumet in its new form and he is winning races that are important. The black cloud has moved to someone else's head and if you see a dust cloud over Lexington its probably from hundreds of horses and horsemen rolling over in their graves. He is a fantastic businessman and if they are looking for an idea man, he is you guy.
Liked that "Fox in the hen house" comment. About sums it up. Only worse appointee would be to appoint Lukas to some horse health care committee.
And just what qualifications did michael pitino have to be on this commission? This commission is a joke.
Fox to Guard Henhouse "He'll Keep a Careful Watch" More news at 11...
I could understand appointing a retired trainer to the KHRC but appointing an active trainer who will race horses in the jurisdiction is mind boggling. Are the conflicts of interest involved only apparent to readers of DRF? Can we expect to see editorial comment in leading horse publications?
Churchill Downs, arguably the greatest track in the country, featuring the greatest race in the country and in a backwards state that has no idea how to manage its own asset. And why can't we get replays from CD, or even bet CD from the drf bets platform? Something tells me it has to do with poor leadership and poor business decisions.
Agreed Slew - And how can there not be a conflict of interest here... If a commission member must repeatedly recuse himself then what's the point of seating him?
Can it get any better than this? Put the King of breaking down horses in charge. This is why racing's problems continue. Doesn't anyone ever look at the credibility of these people who they put in positions?
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