Craig Bandoroff is the owner and operator of Denali Stud in Paris, Ky.
Established in 1989 Denali Stud consists of 625 acres located in Bourbon County. In addition to boarding over 200 thoroughbred horses on a year round basis Denali Stud is recognized internationally as a leading consignor and seller of thoroughbred horses at public auction. For the past ten years the farm has been one of the top ten consignors in the North American thoroughbred market place each year. Mr. Bandoroff is also a breeder and owner. He resides in Lexington with his wife Holly and their three children.
North American Racing Academy
Since October 2011 Remi Bellocq has served as the Executive Director of Equine
Programming for Bluegrass Community and Technical College which, since 2006, remains
North America’s most successful accredited vocational racing school and home of the North
American Racing Academy (NARA).
NARA is quickly becoming a key workforce provider offering certificate and degree programs
for those seeking careers as either riders and/or horsemen in the horse racing and breeding
industries. To date, NARA Jockey Pathway students have won over 1,800 races and nearly
$29 million in purse earnings. Likewise, Horseman Pathway students regularly find
employment as grooms and assistant trainers with top U.S. trainers such as Todd Pletcher
and Ken McPeek.
Prior to his current position, Remi was Executive Director and CEO of the National
Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association serving over 50,000 owners and trainers
across North America. And before moving to Lexington in 2001, Remi spent 18 years working
in various management positions at race tracks across the country – most notably Santa Anita
Park in southern California.
A native New Yorker, Remi is a 1984 graduate from the University of Arizona Race Track
Industry Program and currently lives with his wife Bridget and son Alex in Lexington where he
also dabbles as a cartoonist – a pastime he inherited from his father, the noted Daily Racing
Form cartoonist Pierre “PEB” Bellocq.
David Blee is a principal in Runnymede Farm (Paris, Kentucky) — the state’s oldest continuously run Thoroughbred farm — which was founded in 1867. He also serves as Managing Director of the Forrestal Group, a Kentucky-headquartered strategic management firm and is a principal in Occidental Thoroughbreds Management Company. In addition to his service on the KEEP Board of Directors, Mr. Blee serves as Vice Chairman of KEEP’s political action committee (KEEP-PAC).
Bradley Racing Stable
Buff Bradley was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky, and began working at age ten on his father’s farm performing such duties as foaling mares, prepping mares for the breeding shed, sales prepping, breaking and training yearlings, and galloping layups. While involved with the daily operations of the training center, Buff also took classes at night and graduated in 1989 from Kentucky State University with a degree in business management.
In 1989, he left his father’s training center and went to work on the racetrack as an assistant trainer for the late Clarence Picou. During a four year stay with Clarence, he oversaw strings at Remington Park, Oaklawn Park, and Louisiana Downs.
In 1993, Buff took out his license and won his first race with a fifth starter for his only owner at the time, the late John Franks. In 1994 I had as many as ten horses for Mr. Franks, who in that year won the Eclipse Award for Owner of the Year. Bradley Racing Stable has grown to have many owners, including his father, Fred Bradley, who is his biggest client.
Buff and his father have bred and raised several stakes horses including G1 winner and Multi-Millionaire Brass Hat. Buff commented about Brass Hat after his win in the 2004 Ohio Derby, “Breeding and foaling him on the farm, raising, breaking and doing everything with him from Day One, it’s been so gratifying.”
Susan Bunning is Vice President of Bank One, for their Equine Financial Services Department, where she developed an equine lending portfolio. Susan held a similiar position at two other banks, and prior to that, practiced law in the area of equine law (JD from University of Kentucky, 1985) with the firm of Frost Brown, Todd. In addition, she worked for a commercial breeding operation, which included a large stallion station. Susan also enjoys participating in the thoroughbred industry as an owner and breeder. She currently holds the following positions: President, Kentucky HPBA; Vice President, Kentucky Racing Health & Welfare Fund; Member of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council; and Member of the Board of Directors of KEEP.
Ashford Stud / Coolmore
Scott is from Cambridge, New Zealand where he got his introduction to the thoroughbred business via positions with Curraghmore Stud and the New Zealand Racing Board. Upon completion of a business management degree from the University of Waikato Scott was accepted into the Darley Flying Start program. Since graduating from the Darley Flying Start Scott has worked for Coolmore Stud, firstly in Ireland before relocating to America in 2013.
Bill Casner, Vice-Chairman of KEEP
Bill Casner grew up in El Paso, Texas and developed a love of the horse at an early age. Upon graduation from college, Casner embarked on a race training career in the midwest. In 1979, Casner left the Thoroughbred industry. With his partner Kenny Troutt, the two founded Excel Communications. Casner also owns B&R Equipment, which sells and leases heavy, earth-moving equipment. Casner re-entered the Thoroughbred industry in the mid 1990’s through various racing partnerships. In early 2000 he and Mr. Troutt came full circle and formed another partnership establishing WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY. Mr. Casner is currently vice chairman and co-founder of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), and he serves on the board of trustees for the Thoroughbred Owner Breeders Association and Breeders’ Cup. In addition, he was a founding board member for The Race For Education Inc.; a national scholarship foundation that provides educational opportunities to children of racing’s backside workers and farm workers, and a past chair of TOBA (Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association).
Winstar / Doug Cauthen Thoroughbred Management
Thanks to a lifetime of experience from all aspects of the thoroughbred industry, Doug brings a unique blend of hands-on experience and business management skills to the throughbred industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky in equine marketing and management, and graduated from the University of Kentucky law school in 1993. He briefly practiced law in Lexington with Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs before returning full-time to the thoroughbred industry. Doug has worked for Hall of Fame trainers Laz Barrera and P.G. Johnson, as well as in England with trainer Clive Britain. Doug also served two years as assistant to leading two-year-old consignor Jerry Bailey. In 1997, Doug started Cauthen Sales Agency, a consulting, management and sales company. Concurrently, Doug worked part-time marketing the stallions at Prestonwood Farm. It was through this association that owners Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner were introduced to Doug and his vast knowledge of the business. Doug was named President of WinStar in 2001 and helped build Winstar into an industry leader.
Under Doug’s management, Winstar became a major stallion station, developing the careers of leading stallions Distorted Humor, Tiznow, and Speightstown, as well as leading Freshman sires Bluegrass Cat and Sharp Humor. Winstar won many of the world’s major races, including 2010’s Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
After spending 10 years helping build WinStar into an industry leader, Doug felt it was time to bring his skills to a wider audience and assist others in reaching their goals. And so Doug Cauthen Thoroughbred Management, LLC was born.
Doug lives in Lexington with his wife Katie, and his daughter Campbell.
Three Chimneys Farm
Mr. Case Clay serves as the President of Three Chimneys Farm, LLC. Prior to Mr. Clay worked in sales at Three Chimneys and spent six years in Chicago, where he worked at Arlington Park, Ernst & Young and Hyatt Corporation; while performing improvisation in the evenings. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Horse PAC, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. He is a graduate of DePaul University with a major in Economics.
Joe Costa, Red Mile
President and CEO of the historic Red Mile/Tattersalls
Joe Costa is President and CEO of the historic Red Mile/Tattersalls, which will be hosting its 130th season of harness racing this year. A 52-year-old native of New Jersey, Costa moved to Lexington four years ago to accept the position of general manager, and was promoted to his present position a year later. Costa, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, became familiar with the Midwest while attending his first years in college at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He holds a real estate broker’s license and was operations manager of the Nigito Reality Company in River Edge, New Jersey for a number of years, as well as managing the Standardbred breeding farm Joie De Vie.
General Manager of Lane’s End, Executive Vice President and a Director of W.S. Farish & Co.
Bill is General Manager of Lane’s End, Executive Vice President and a Director of W.S. Farish & Co., a Houston based investment management company, and is managing member of Farish & Farish, LLC, Equine Investments. Bill serves on a variety of boards, including the Breeders’ Cup, Markey Cancer Center Foundation, The Blood-Horse, UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation, etc. He was Personal Aide to President George H.W. Bush in 1991-1992.
Ellis Park Racing
A local Kentucky business man, Ron purchased Ellis Park from Churchill Downs, Inc. in 2006 and is determined to switch Ellis Park’s gears into a player-focused race track. Also an avid handicapper, Ron hopes to implement his business techniques into the racetrack. Ron and his wife Linda have two children, Wendy and Mark, and nine grandchildren.
Christopher F. Hoskins
Ken graduated from both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, with degrees in Finance and Law. During his college years, Ken was a four-year letterman for the UK Baseball Team. After college, Ken was a partner with the firm of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald, specializing in Equine Law and Litigation. Currently, Ken has a private practice in Lexington. Ken also is an owner/partner of Kentuckiana Farms and Lexington Selected Sales Company. He was an original member of the United States Trotting Association Blue Ribbon Breeders Committee, a former Chairman of the Executive Committee of American Championship Harness Series and is a Founding Member of the North American Standardbred Breeders Association. Ken currently serves as a member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, the TOBA Sales Integrity Task Force and represents the Standardbred breeders in connection with the Kentucky Standardbred Breeders Incentive Fund.
Chairman of the Board
Corey Johnsen is the President of Kentucky Downs, the European-style race course located in Franklin, Kentucky and a Thoroughbred owner and breeder. Since graduating from Arizona State University, 30 years ago, Johnsen has been involved in the horse racing industry, mostly as a racetrack executive. But, during his college years Johnsen gained a deep appreciation for the industry and its participants when he took a summer job as a racehorse groom. Prior to investing in the Kentucky horse racing and breeding industries, Johnsen was the President of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, the Dallas- area track which hosted the 2004 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Involved in the development of Lone Star Park, Johnsen has been involved in the opening or re-opening of four different tracks throughout the world. They include Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City and Maronas National Racetrack in Montevideo, Uruguay. Johnsen received numerous national honors during his career in horse racing. From 2005-2007, he was the President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, an organization which represents 43 of the most successful Thoroughbred tracks in North America. In 1986, Johnsen received an Eclipse Award for local video production. He has worked at Lone Star Park, Remington Park, Arlington Park, Louisiana Downs and Turf Paradise during his career. Over the past five years, Johnsen and partners have been involved in thoroughbred ownership in North and South America. In 2007, the group owned the Grade 1 stakes winner Honey Rose (ARG), who was purchased in her native Argentina and brought to the United States for a successful campaign. Johnsen and his partners own numerous stallions, mares and foals in Uruguay and Argentina, as well as in Kentucky and New York.
Terence J. Meyocks became the National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild in September of 2007.
Meyocks, who is a 3rd generation horseman, has worked within the thoroughbred industry since he graduated from Loras College in 1972.
In early 2007, prior to becoming the National Manager of the Guild, Meyocks was a founding shareholder in Meyocks & O’Hara Racing Enterprises, Inc. (MORE) with Philip O’Hara. The Company was formed to pursue acquisitions within the racing industry and provide project management and advisory services.
In April, 2004 Meyocks was named special assistant to the commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and later served as Vice-President for the NTRA Racing & Industry Memberships.
Meyocks was named President and Chief Operating Officer of New York Racing Association in December, 1996 and remained in that position until the fall of 2003 and then remained with NYRA until April, 2004.
In 1993, Meyocks was hired by New York Racing Association as Vice-President of Racing and stayed in that position until October, 1995 when he became Vice-President of Operations.
Meyocks, in 1979, was hired as racing secretary for Calder Race Course. Then in 1991 was hired at Gulfstream Park to become Director of Racing and Meyocks stayed at both race tracks until 1993.
Prior to becoming racing secretary at Calder Race Course, Meyocks worked in all capacities in the racing department at various meetings for many of the renowned race tracks in the country including Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Arlington Park, Hawthorne, Churchill Downs, Hialeah Park, Delaware and Liberty Bell.
Meyocks was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the son of respected jockey agent Paul Blair Meyocks, who worked for Hall Of Fame jockey Earlie Fires for over twenty eight years. Paul Meyocks also worked for many prominent jockeys that included Steve Cauthen, Herbie Hinojosa, Ray York, Johnny Heckmann and Wendall Eads among others.
Terry Meyocks currently resides in Lexington, Ky., with his wife, Stacy, and they have three children, Abby, Kevin and Clay. Abby is married to jockey Javier Castellano and they have three children, Kayla, Sienna, and Brady. Kevin, a jockey agent, is married to Kristen and they have two children, Ryan and Andrew. Clay works for Delaware Park.
Jack is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky, with degrees in Business Management and Administration. Currently, Jack serves as Administrative Staff Officer to the Dean of the College of Health Science at the University of Kentucky. His role also encompasses Operations Manager, Development Officer, Director of Alumni Affairs and Safety and Security Chairman. Jack has also served in the Army as an officer in Infantry and Armor divisions. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve. Jack owns Sycamore Springs Farm where he breeds and markets Natural Gaited Mountain Horses.
Frank graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington, and Georgetown College with a BA in Business Administration & Economics. He served as Assistant Dean of Men at Georgetown College, Vice President of Penn Brothers Storage, Co-owner of Penn Sales, LLC and owns Pennbrook Farm, a Thoroughbred boarding and Burley tobacco operation. Frank is community-minded, serving on a variety of boards, including Georgetown College Board of Trustees, Lexington Southern States Board, Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, LFUCG Greenspace Commission and Rural Land Management Board, Governor Patton’s Smart Growth Task Force, Kentucky Farm Bureau Equine Committee and Political Education Committee, Council for Burley Tobacco, Fayette County Farm Service Agency, Mayor’s Water Task Force, Fayette County Extension Board, to name but a few.
Andre Regard is an attorney specializing in Equine Law, including litigation, syndications, and purchase and sale agreements. Andre has represented equine clients throughout the United States and internationally in matters related to the thoroughbred, standardbred, Arabian, and Saddlebred industries. Andre has also represented participants in the horse related gaming industry. Andre is a breeder and owner of thoroughbreds.
Earl, along with his brothers Bobby and Omer, own and operate their Bath County farm, where they have spent their lives harvesting crops, including hay and tobacco, and raising cattle and Tennessee Walking Horses. For Earl and his brothers, horses are a business. They sell yearlings annually. Earl’s family is typical of breed enthusiasts across the state that contribute to Kentucky’s economy, and are an important part of the equine industry that drives it to being the #1 agricultural cash crop in the state. Horses play a significant role in Earl’s life, both on and off the farm. Away from the farm, Earl is President of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA). For the past 31 years Earl has been the manager of the Owingsville Lions Club’s four-day horse show. The show was started by the Rogers family in the 1940s and is held each July. The show is one of the largest in the state, bringing more than 5,000 people to the small town. Show participants bring a variety of horses to exhibit, including Saddlebreds, road horses and ponies, and Walking Horses. Exhibitors also boost the local economy by bringing in revenue to local businesses, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, feed stores and more.
Bennie is a lifelong resident of Kentucky. He began his career of showing Quarter Horses as a youth in 4-H. Bennie has been a professional trainer for 20 years, and specializes in training all-around horses. He has trained and shown horses to seven versatility championships, multiple AQHA championships, and numerous AQHA Honor Roll titles in several events, including halter, reining, working hunter and trail. Bennie has also guided his amateur adult and youth riders to AQHA and AQHYA World and Congress Championships.
Bennie has been a national American Quarter Horse Association Director for the past 6 years and an AQHA judge for the past 7 years; he judged the the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in 1999 and 2003, the AQYHA World Championship show in 1999 and 2002, the AQHA Amateur World Select Show in 2003, the European Championship Show, the Belgium Nationals, the Texas Classic, the Tom Powers Futurity, the Arizona Sun Circuit and the New Zealand Nationals. Bennie is active on the Professional Horseman’s Association, has served on the World Show Task Force Committee and the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee for AQHA shows.
Fred is a professional in the industry of breeding American Saddlebred Horses for more than 35 years. He has successfully managed horse farms since 1982, beginning with Leatherwood Farm in Bluefield, VA; Callaway Hills Stable in New Bloomfield, MO; and Jones Mountainview Saddlebreds in Aroda, VA before making his way to Kentucky to become a horse farm manager at Leatherwood Stud in Paris, KY. Currently, he is the owner of Cornerstone Farm in Carlisle, KY and the proprietor of Sarver Equine, LLC in Paris, KY.
Mr. Sarver served as the Past President of the American Saddlebred Horse Association and served as co-chair of the Medication Disclosure Committee of the 2007 TOBA Sales Integrity Task. He currently serves on the board of the United States Equestrian Federation, and the Kentucky Saddlebred Owners and Breeders’ Association and was most recently named a Director on the Kentucky State Fair Board as of 2009.
Mr. Sarver lives in Paris, KY with his wife and two children
Hill n Dale Farm
Sikura learned how to dream big from his father, John Sikura Jr., who emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Canada as a teenager. John Sikura Jr. founded Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Canada, then started a Kentucky division in the early 1980s. John worked at Hill’n’ Dale in Canada but soon moved on to the farm in Kentucky “because that’s where the pinnacle of the horse business was.” Sikura’s biggest interest outside of horses is hockey. He started on collegiate teams and played professionally in Europe.
Jack Smith, III Thoroughbreds
Jack Smith, III was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Madisonville. He graduated from Western Kentucky University. Jack worked for Johnson & Johnson and Philip-Morris before starting a Bloodstock Agency that specialized in Thoroughbred racing partnerships in Atlanta in 1984. Jack moved back to Kentucky in 1992 to be the Director of the Kentucky Racing Commission. In 1993, Jack returned to Thoroughbred partnerships with his business, Jack Smith, III Thoroughbreds
Taylor Made Farm
As President of Taylor Made, Duncan develops the leadership of the company. He focuses on living the Core Values of the company and encourages the other leaders to live and share these values. Be honest, transparent, care for our customers, team member and horses like they are family. Deliver smiles through service. Have fun while striving for excellence and always look for a better way. Duncan and his wife, Carol, have five children: Marshall, Morgan, Danny, Madeline and Caroline. Duncan serves on the following boards: Keeneland and The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP).
Rich Wilcke was raised in upstate New York but received an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University.
Rich Wilcke was raised in upstate New York but received an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University. Following graduation, he was a high school football coach and chemistry teacher, spent 4 years in radio-television broadcasting, 5 years as an executive with the Kansas Livestock Association, 5 years as president and CEO of the Council for a Competitive Economy, a national business association in Washington, DC, and 10 years as executive director of Maryland Million Ltd., the first state-oriented racing program, and executive vice-president of Maryland Horse Breeders Association, where he began the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine.
He served 2 three-year terms on the state’s Agricultural Commission; and 3 years as chairman of the University of Maryland System’s Advisory Council on Agriculture and Natural Resources. He spent 3 years as chairman of the American Thoroughbred Breeders Alliance and 3 years as director of the American Horse Racing Federation. He is the secretary of the American Youth Horse Council, a member of the national racing committee of the American Quarter Horse Association, a director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), and chairman of the Sprint Racing Committee for the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association.
Rich joined the faculty of College of Business at the University of Louisville in 1995, and was named director of UofL’s Equine Industry Program in 2006. Rich did graduate work in economics and intellectual history. He has spoken in many states, as well as Canada, Germany and Australia. He’s had over 300 articles, editorials, speeches and essays published in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Japan Today, and Vital Speeches of the Day. He and his wife, Jan, of 40 years had five children and raise cattle and horses on their farm in Henry County.
Kentucky Paint Horse Association / American Paint Horse Association
Dr. Wood has been associated with the University of Kentucky and Cooperative Extension since 1985. Originally from Texas, Craig received his B.S. degree from Texas Tech University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from New Mexico State University. As Associate Director of Content for eXtension, he provides leadership in the creation, transformation, management, and delivery of content through Communities of Practice for inclusion in the eXtension. As part of the eXtension leadership team, he was awarded the USDA Secretary’s Group Honor Award for Excellence Award in 2008.
Dr. Wood’s first assignment in the College of Agriculture was as Extension Horse Specialist. In that role, he was in charge of all adult and youth equine programming within the state, taught undergraduate equine courses and managed the teaching/research horse facility. He was been instrumental in developing and delivering award winning educational web-based material for K-12 students as well as post-secondary students. It was Dr. Wood’s expertise and ability to integrate the latest technologies in educational programming and in developing award winning educational programs that allows him to be successful his current position.
Craig is a current member of the Executive Committee of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). He holds a judge’s card with APHA and has judged their Youth World Show. He is also a Paint horse owner and breeder.