Gov. Steve Beshear is contemplating an emergency measure that would increase thoroughbred license fees for veterinarians, owners, trainers, jockeys, their agents and others from $100 to $150. Standardbred fees would increase from $100 to $125.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) says the $442,000 the added fees would generate is needed now, which is why it requested the emergency legislation.
KHRC sought the same increase in July, but it stalled in the legislature, which is why the emergency measure is being requested. The increase would take effect as soon as Beshear signs it and stand for up to six months while a permanent regulation goes through the normal review process.
Marty Maline, executive director of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, says the new fees could make Kentucky's the highest in the nation.