Tubby Smith's Wife to be Replaced on Horse Racing Board

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The wife of former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith will be replaced on the state's Horse Racing Authority board, where she had served for three years.

Donna Smith's term ended in January, but she will remain on the 13-member board until Gov. Ernie Fletcher appoints a replacement, said Mark York, a spokesman for the state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, which oversees the racing authority.

York said Smith's spot will be filled with a new appointee.

Tubby Smith resigned as Kentucky's men's basketball coach last week to take the coaching job at the University of Minnesota. Donna Smith, who is listed on the board as a saddlebred industry enthusiast, was an inaugural member when it was formed by Fletcher in 2004.

Fletcher abolished the former Kentucky Racing Commission and reformed it as the racing authority that year.

York said he did not know when Fletcher would make the new appointment.

"Obviously, given the importance of the racing authority, an appointment will be made as soon as possible," he said.

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