Next Membership Meeting: Kurt Becker

Next Membership Meeting:

Kurt Becker

“Announcing at Keeneland: An Exercise in Restraint.”

April 13th, 2016 at Copper Roux

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Kurt BeckerKurt Becker was hired in the spring of 1997 to be the first track announcer in Keeneland history. A native of Illinois, he had previously called races on the Chicago circuit. Kurt also serves as an announcer for the Keeneland sales, a position which he has held since 2000, and he is an analyst for Horse Racing Radio Network’s coverage of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Kurt also serves as a play-by-play announcer for Motor Racing Network’s coverage of NASCAR racing, in addition to working as an announcer for Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Events.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. April 10th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Next Membership Meeting – Andy Barr

Next Membership Meeting:

Andy Barr

Promoting Kentucky’s Signature Thoroughbred Industry

March 30th, 2016 at Keeneland in the Phoenix Room

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Andy BarrAndy Barr has served as the U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since 2013.  A member of the Committee on Financial Services, he is committed to creating a better environment for job creation and economic growth.

Barr is focused on strengthening Kentucky’s signature industries, and serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus.  His immediate priorities include promoting economic growth to increase wages for Kentucky families, restoring common sense and fiscal sanity to Washington, and keeping the American people safe.

 He and his wife, Carol, are the proud parents of two daughters, Eleanor and Mary Clay.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. March 26th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Keeneland
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Last chance to register for Feb. 24th Meeting

Please note this meeting is a pint night (bring us a pint of colostrum and a pint is on us)!

Also note that 2016 KTFMC Directories will be available for pickup for members that have paid their 2016 dues. If you have questions about dues, email Linda Serafini at billing@ktfmc.org or pay your dues at https://ktfmc.org/membership-dues/.

Next Membership Meeting:

Dr. Martin Nielsen

February 24th, 2016 at Fasig Tipton

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Providing solutions for equine parasite control.

Dr. Nielsen’s research is focused on methods for diagnosis and control of equine parasites of veterinary importance.

  • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. February 20th, 2016.
    • No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
    • Walk-in seating very limited.
    • Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Fasig Tipton
    • Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
    • Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
    • Please list names of all attendeeswhen making reservations.
    • Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Ted Bates Obituary and Funeral Arrangements

Theodore Bright Bates

Thursday, October 4, 1923 – Friday, January 22, 2016

 Obituary

Ted BatesTheodore Bright Bates Sr., 92, of Lexington, husband of Evelyn Nash Bates, died Friday, January 22, 2016. He was the son of the late Theodore Willis and Mary Louise Bright Bates and was a renowned horseman.

He graduated from Male High School in Louisville, KY in 1941, and after recovering from a multi-year bout with tuberculosis, received his BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky in 1952.

He was a valued member of Central Christian Church, where he was a former elder, and was also a member of the Eminence Christian Church in Eminence, KY. His many other memberships included the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the Lexington Club and Lexington Country Club, as well as serving as past Presidents of the Thoroughbred Club of America, the Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (KY Chapter), University of KY Alumni Association, and a Board Trustee at the University of Kentucky for 13 years. In addition to serving these organizations Ted was a giver of his time to many individuals, always happy to be a mentor and a friend. His family was very important to him, as well as his Thoroughbreds, dogs, and his association with the University of Kentucky academic and athletic programs.

Besides his wife, survivors include one son, Theodore Bright Bates Jr., Lexington; one daughter, Eve Bates (Steven) Greathouse, Midway, KY; two grandchildren, Natalie Greathouse, Louisville, KY, and Steven Richard Greathouse, Ashville, NC, and one beloved dog, Cracker.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday at Central Christian Church with visitation beginning at 10 AM. A private family burial will be at the Eminence Cemetery in Eminence, KY.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Central Christian Church Building Fund and Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Milward Funeral Home is handling his arrangements: http://milward.mem.com/Obituary/6770199/98642978/98677152?title=Obituary

Ted Bates Passing

Ted Bates presenting The Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year, Scooter Hughes with his Julep Cup2We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ted Bates this weekend. Ted Bates has been a long time influential member of KTFMC. He served as Club President in 1961, and was honored as Farm Manager of the Year in 1993. Mr. Bates has also been an integral part of the Farm Manager of the Year selection for many years. He will be greatly missed throughout the industry and especially within our club. We will forward the details of his funeral arrangements as we receive them.

The following was put together by Alfred Nuckols about Mr. Bates last year when the Club renamed the Farm Manager of the Year Award.

Ted, born Theodore Bright Bates in 1923 in Carrollton, Kentucky comes from a farming background that includes his grandfather, Newton Bright, who served several terms in the Kentucky Senate and then was elected Commissioner of Agriculture. As a boy, Ted moved from Carrollton to Eminence where his grandfather’s farms were located and where his father, Theodore W. Bates, began his law career in nearby New Castle. Ted later moved with his family to Louisville and graduated from Louisville Male High School. Ted always considered Eminence “home” and moved back there after high school where he spent a lot of time with his grandparents working on their farms as well as others in the area. Ted eventually continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.

Ted’s first job in the Thoroughbred industry was at Coldstream Ted Bates with Past Farm Manager of the Year Sandy Hatfield2Farm under farm manager, Charlie Kenney.  Charlie also happened to have a foreman working for him by the name of Melvin Cinnamon who Ted developed a lifelong friendship with.  Ted said, “Mr. Kenney taught me the horse business, and Melvin Cinnamon taught me horse husbandry.” Not able to afford marriage on his salary at Coldstream, Ted became the assistant county extension agent for Shelby County and shortly thereafter married his wife, Evelyn Nash.

In 1956 Melvin Cinnamon convinced Ted to become his assistant manager at Maine Chance Farm owned by Elizabeth Arden Graham. Not an easy lady to work for, Melvin Cinnamon, taking Ted with him, moved to Calumet in 1958 for Mrs. Gene Markey after her manager, Mr. Paul Eblehardt, was struck by lightning while playing golf and never completely recovered. In a career there lasting five years, Ted worked with a great roster of stallions headed by the premiere sire, Bull Lea. Ted’s favorite horse while at Calumet was Triple Crown Champion Citation who impressed him with his speed, determination and intelligence.

While managing Foxtail Farm on Keene Road in Nicholasville, Fasig-Tipton approached Ted about bringing that sales company back to Kentucky and hired him as general manager in 1970. After a breeding stock and mixed sale the first few years, the decision was made to have a yearling sale in 1974. Fasig-Tipton had lost its lease at the Thoroughbred Training Center and leased Henry Alexander’s farm on the Old Frankfort Pike where two barns were built for their first yearling sale.  Out of that first July Sale of forty-eight yearlings came Derby and Belmont winner, Bold Forbes, and Preakness winner, Elocutionist. The next year Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew came out of the Fasig-Tipton July Sale and Fasig-Tipton was firmly established as an auction house once again in Central Kentucky.

Feeling an orientation towards the farm, Ted left Fasig-Tipton in 1978 and worked as manager of Wimbledon Farm for Hilary Boone for four years and then served a brief stint with BKY farm. After this he served in an advisory capacity for Paul Miller and Kermit Blackburn. When Elmer Whitaker had a dispersal of his stock, Ted moved onto a tract of Bwamazon Farm on the Paris Pike where he started and maintained his own breeding, boarding, breaking and sales operation under the banner of Ted Bates Farm for more than twenty-two years.  Probably one of his favorite runners during this time was a filly named Miss Landy who was named for one of Ted’s best clients over the years, Ms. Landy Armstrong, a New Jersey lady who bred and raced the dam of Miss Landy, the stakes winning mare All the Vees. When she died, Ted bought All the Vees from her estate and continued to keep her there and breed her.

Ted has been the recipient of many honors and has held many offices over the years in addition to being a Past President, Farm Manager of the Year and permanent member of the Farm Manager of the Year selection committee for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club. He has served as a trustee for the University of Kentucky and is a past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Fasig-Tipton and is currently a Director Emeritus of Fasig –Tipton. He has also served as the 1976-77 President of the Thoroughbred Club of America. Ted is the 2013 recipient of the TOBA Hardboot Breeders Award which pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry.  He is also the father of Ted Bates, a vice president at Hilliard Lyons in Lexington, and Eve Bates Greathouse, a Scott County resident.

It is with great admiration, respect and gratitude for you and your service that the Club renames the Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year award in your honor. By proclamation of the officers and board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club, it shall henceforth be known as the “Ted Bates Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year Award”.

January 19th Membership Meeting

Next Membership Meeting:

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

January 19th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504

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Ryan Quarles grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County, with a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years.   Mr. Quarles completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2006.

In 2008, Harvard University awarded Mr. Quarles a full scholarship on the Zuckerman fellowship, which enabled him to continue his studies at the Harvard graduate school of education, the Kennedy school of government and Harvard law school.

In 2009 he graduated from Harvard with a master’s degree in higher education before moving back to Kentucky to finish his last year of law school.  Returning to Kentucky Mr. Quarles was elected to the Kentucky general assembly in 2010, representing Scott, Owen and Fayette counties.

Mr. Quarles has served as the vice-chairman of the house judiciary committee, and served on the agriculture committee, the tobacco master settlement oversight committee, and the banking and insurance committee.

Mr. Quarles continues to help on the family farm in Scott County.  However now, Mr. Quarles is embarking on a new course – that of Kentucky’s newly-elected commissioner of agriculture.  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome commissioner-elect, Ryan Quarles.


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. January 15th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Announcing the 2016 KTFMC Officers & Board Members

and the winners are….

2016 KTFMC Officers

Gus Koch  President president@ktfmc.org

Bryan Cassill – Vice-President vp@ktfmc.org

Amy Parker-Secretary secretary@ktfmc.org

Scooter Hughes –Sergeant at Arms saa@ktfmc.org

 Andy Howard – Treasurer treasurer@ktfmc.org

2016 KTFMC Board

Katherine Cain – 1 year term

Michael Hardy – Returning for 2nd year

Erik Johnson – 2 year term

Carl McEntee- Returning for 2nd year

Donnie Snellings – 2 year term

Frances Relihan – 2 year term

 And as always, here to help our members…

Club Administration

Linda Serafini – Club Accountant: billing@ktfmc.org

Kim Ramsey – Club Administrator: info@ktfmc.org

Last chance for new memberships and updates to make it into the 2016 KTFMC Directory!

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If you have been thinking about becoming a KTFMC Member, this is your last chance to make the 2016 KTFMC Directory.

New Membership  Applications and current member updates that are submitted through 11/20/15 will have their membership listed in next year’s directory.

Don’t forget to submit changes in email address, phone numbers, job changes, physical address or any other contact information.

We need all farm updates as well!!!

To become a member: https://ktfmc.org/membership-application/.

To update current member information: https://ktfmc.org/member-update/.

To update a farm listing: https://ktfmc.org/farm-update/.