07/29/2013 10:09AM

Wayne Lukas appointed to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission


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.


Earl Rhodes More than 1 year ago
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 !
Cris McHenka More than 1 year ago
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.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
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.
docgordy More than 1 year ago
And just what qualifications did michael pitino have to be on this commission? This commission is a joke.
mikey More than 1 year ago
He was able to get tickets to his dads games .In today's world that is all it take's.The new NYRA boss sold toy's to kid's.
Stable Girl More than 1 year ago
Fox to Guard Henhouse "He'll Keep a Careful Watch" More news at 11...
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
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?
Perl More than 1 year ago
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.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Then again, who would want to bet CD other than on Oaks/Derby weekend and when they get the Breeder's Cup? Outside of that, the product has become terrible.
Walter More than 1 year ago
You are so correct. CD is a joke after Derby week. Not worth a bet.
Steve Cochran More than 1 year ago
rdyou have to the CD website under toteboard & replays
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
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?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Not sure I agree with you on this Chad.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
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?
mikey More than 1 year ago
This commision and all others are a big joke.Racing fans who support this game need to have a say.They appoint friends or people they owe favors .
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
DWL is more credible than the media darling Bob..my horses are dropping & croaking Baffert.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
This is akin to putting Kim Kardashian in charge of a DWL (same initials as the Charismatic Colt Crippler) Decency, Worth and Loyalty Commission.!
Perl More than 1 year ago
The ultimate Good ol' boi network.