(Owner Frank Jones)
According to multiple sources, The Pressbox has learned that longtime horse owner and leader of the industry, Frank Jones, has died.
Apparently, Jones passed away late on Wednesday night.
Without doubt, Jones has been one of the leading owners and advocates for the Thoroughbred industry for the past 40-plus years.
He is currently serving on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, as well, having being appointed by current Gov. Any Beshear.
For many decades, Jones was a constant shadow of leading trainer Dale Romans. Normally, if you saw one of the gents in Louisville, the odds on were they were either at a racetrack or headed to one and always talking horses.
According to a biography at the KHRC, Jones was described:
“Frank Jones Jr. is a native of Louisville, KY, attended Western Kentucky University and served in the United States Air Force. He has owned and raced thoroughbreds since 1969. Currently he is President/CEO of Recreonics, Inc., the national leader in commercial aquatics distribution.
“He has served the KHBPA as a director and vice president for 31 years with special duties of finance committee chairman, legislative liaison, backside committee representative, contract negotiator and Health and Welfare secretary.
“He is a Past President of Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners, Inc., vice-chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission, and past appointment by Governor Steve Beshear to serve a second term on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Memberships include the American Horse Council, Turf Club Gulfstream and Churchill Downs, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners, Inc., KHBPA, R.C.I. and TOBA.
“During the past thirty-one years, he has devoted a serious amount of time and interest in representing all horsemen with a special emphasis on the preservation and growth of purses and supporting the integrity and growth of the many quality programs that are managed on a daily basis by the KHBPA for benefit of backside employees, owners, and trainers, including oversite of electronic media initiatives and the protection of Kentucky horsemen against any racing isolation issues. Recently involved with language to secure horsemen’s purse monies at each track.”
Arrangements are still pending.