Kentucky State Sen. Damon Thayer introduced a bill on Thursday in the state legislature that would allow the progeny of Standardbreds not sired by Kentucky stallions to compete in the Kentucky Sires Stakes program.
Sen. Thayer's bill would take out language in the state statute that defines a Kentucky-bred Standardbreds as having been sired by a stallion standing in the state, and in turn allows the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to adopt specific rules. Those rules would include eligibility, residency and registration of mares and their progeny.
In a best-case scenario of quick passage of the bill, the earliest it would take affect would be for mares conceived in 2014. There would be residency requirements for mares.