(Frank Jones / Photo Courtesy of the KY HBPA)
Two veterans of the Kentucky Thoroughbred racing and breeding scene have been added to the Kentucky Racing Commission by newly-elected Governor Andy Beshear.
Charles O’Connor, of Versailles and the Director of Sales at Coolmore Stud, was appointed to replace the seat previously held by Kiki Courtelis. Courtelis recently resigned her post with the Commission. O’Connor will fulfill the unexpired term, which ends on April 27, 2020.
Frank Jones, a long-time owner from Louisville and currently the President of Recreonics, was selected to replace James Gates, who also resigned his position on the Commission. Jones — who has served on the Board of the Kentucky HBPA for many years and has owned a lot of horses that have been trained by his long-time friend Dale Romans — will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that is scheduled to end on April 27, 2022.
Both men have been engaged in the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky for a long time, and bring a great deal of history and experience to the position and the Commission.