Ethics panel answers racing director questions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has concluded that the incoming head of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission can be involving in the thoroughbred racing industry in other states without creating a conflict of interest.

The panel released that advisory opinion on Monday at the request of John T. Ward, who is scheduled to take over as head of the Horse Racing Commission on April 1.

The 66-year-old Ward and his wife, Donna, operate a stable in Kentucky as well as training and racing operations in New York and Florida. He will surrender his Kentucky trainer's license when he assumes his new job on April 1.

The ethics panel said the Wards can continue training and racing horses outside of Kentucky. Inside the state, that could pose a conflict of interest.

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