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Governor in attendance

February 04, 2004

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The newly established Kentucky Horse Racing Authority held its first meeting Thursday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who created the new authority, was there to address the 16-member board. The authority replaced the Kentucky Racing Commission, which Fletcher abolished shortly after taking office.

Gov. Fletcher reitered his earlier remarks about his plans for the new authority, telling the board and 50-plus people in the general audience that the creation of the authority is all about the state "expanding our mission" for the state's "signature" industry, horse racing.

Bill Street, a retired chairman of the board of Brown Forman, an international wine and spirits company headquartered in Louisville, is the chairman of the new Horse Racing Authority. The only Standardbred representative is John Cashman, who served as president of The Red Mile, Pompano Park and Castleton Farm.
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