Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Names New Director

Marc A. Guilfoil was appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to be the next Director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).

“Marc brings a unique perspective to this position and I am very excited he will have oversight of this very important organization,” said Bevin. “Kentucky’s horse industry is one of the keys to the commonwealth’s growing economy and Marc’s ability to relate to all facets of the industry is critical in its continued success.”

Guilfoil is a native of Barren County, Kentucky, who has served on the KHRC in numerous capacities since 1988. His most recent position on the board was Director of Racing. Guilfoil will succeed former trainer John Ward, who resigned from the position earlier in the month.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me personally and I look forward to working with all of our constituent groups to find solutions to the issues that face horse racing in Kentucky today,” said Guilfoil through a statement.

Other roles Guilfoil has served over the years includes KHRC Deputy Executive Director, and he was a liaison for the board and the Kentucky General Assembly, horsemen’s organizations, and the eight racing associations.

A University of Kentucky (1987) graduate — Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Agriculture — Guilfoil is a certified Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter horse steward. He will be tasked with maintaining the Commission’s responsibility to regulate horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering conduct in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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