About

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners, Inc, one of the area’s leading organizations since 1968, offers business executives, professionals and their spouses a unique venue of conviviality and entertainment.

The organization meets four times a year, for fine dining and stimulating after-dinner programs. The meetings are typically held during the week, and dinner is preceded by an hour of socializing and cocktails. Each evening’s program features prominent speakers addressing event, educational or topical interest subjects.

Our History

KTO has a rich and colorful history. Organized to foster thoroughbred racing in the Louisville area, the club provides educational forums and social activities for its members.

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners was originally known as the Kentucky Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association and sponsored the Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner along with “Broodmare of the Year” and “Woman of the Year in Racing” awards. The Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner was held annually in the Crystal Ballroom of the Brown Hotel as hotel owner J. Graham Brown was an active member. Most of the leading horsemen in the area were members and included W.L. Lyons Brown, Chairman of Brown-Foreman; Doc Lavin, long-time racing secretary at Churchill Downs; and Derby-winning jockey Roscoe Goose.

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association merged with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in 1977. This Lexington-based organization took over the presentation of awards.

In 1981, led by Jack Savage, Stanley Conrad and Nelson Miller, the club was reactivated as Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners, Inc. KTO annually presents to its members awards based on winnings and earnings, as well as the Warner L. Jones Horseman of the Year award.

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Our Mission

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners is an educational and social organization of horse owners dedicated to the betterment of Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky.