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Ted Bassett Joins WHOA


James E. “Ted” Bassett |

“There is no alternative.”

With those four words, James E. “Ted” Bassett III–past Keeneland President and Trustee Emeritus, and former President of the Breeders’ Cup, Ltd.–signed on as a member to the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of federal legislation.

Ted Bassett’s 42 years at Keeneland included 17 years as its first president, and another 17 as its chairman of the board. From 1988 to 1996, he also served as the president of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. He is a Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup director and a Member of The Jockey Club. Among his 30 professional awards, he is a recipient of the Eclipse Award of Merit and the Lord Derby Award . A World War II veteran who served during the Pacific campaign, he was twice wounded, participated in the initial landing by the Allies on Japanese shores and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Presidental Unit Citation, the U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award and Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award. He is a graduate of Yale University.

The Coalition for Horseracing Integrity, whose membership also includes the Breeders’ Cup Ltd., the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association, The Jockey Club, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, the Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Centaur Gaming, and the Water Hay Oats Alliance– supports the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015. This bill, introduced in July 2015 to the House of Representatives by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), will direct the non-governmental, non-profit U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to create an independent, racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organization to bring uniformity and clean sport to horse racing.

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