University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Horse Racing Club

UK's Horse Racing Club was founded in 2004 with the purpose of educating students about and providing the opportunity to experience the many aspects of the horse racing industry.  Living in the "Horse Capital of the World" provides UK students the unique opportunity to observe and learn from many different industry professionals.

The club regularly hosts guest lectures, volunteers at industry-related events and visits local farms and racetracks. Past tours have included world-renowned Thoroughbred farms such as Claiborne and Overbrook, KESMARC (Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, a world class equine sports medicine facility, dedicated to the recovery and conditioning of high-end equine athletes) and the Jockey Club. Members also attend monthly Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club meetings. Members traveled to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup World Championships in 2006 (photo at left) and in 2010.

Club meetings each month highlight a leader in the racing industry. Previous speakers included Neil Howard of Lane’s End, Steve Johnson of Margaux Farm, Tom Ludt of Vinery, Tom Thornberry of Keeneland, Elliot Walden of WinStar Farm, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron and trainer Kenny McPeek.

Each fall the club hosts a handicapping seminar featuring Horse Racing Radio Network's Mike Penna. Each spring it hosts its annual Inside Horse Racing event featuring a panel of industry leaders and a silent auction benefiting a Thoroughbred charity. The panel includes about five trainers from around the country who speak about their own careers as well as changes in the industry. 

For more information, please contact President Jake Memolo, jake.memolo@uky.edu or visit our Facebook page. Get Connected!

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laurie Lawrence, llawrenc@email.uky.edu