A week and a half before one of Thoroughbred racing’s biggest events, the Kentucky Derby, Gov. Matt Bevin named 12 new members to the regulatory body that governs racing.
Bevin revamped the structure of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission “in hopes of focusing more on the industry,” according to a news release.
According to the executive order, the commission is charged with, among other things, recommending tax incentives and implementing incentive programs to ensure the strength and growth of the equine industry.
Bevin’s order states that Kentucky’s horse industry “is facing a complex set of challenges that concern the safety and well-being of jockeys and horses, the use of medications on horses, certain breeding practices, the role of gaming upon the industry, the number of races being run at Kentucky tracks and the number of horses competing in the races, and the amount of purses for horse races.”