Board upholds firing of former racing steward

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's former chief horse racing steward won't be getting his job back, at least not soon.

The Kentucky Personnel Board voted Friday to uphold the firing of John Veitch, a Hall of Fame trainer whose duties as steward included ensuring that horses were healthy enough to race.

Members of the board also found that Veitch was an appointed official who didn't have the merit system job protections afforded rank-and-file government employees.

Personnel Board Executive Director Mark Sipek said Veitch could appeal Friday's decision to Franklin County Circuit Court.

Veitch was accused of not performing his duty in 2010 when a favored horse he cleared to run in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs had an especially bad performance, finishing in last place. Veitch insists he did nothing wrong.

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