Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Jamie Eads–who served as interim executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) for the past six months–the executive director of the KHRC, effective Dec. 1.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky with dual degrees in marketing and management, Eads worked for both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and the Breeders’ Cup LLC. She has been with the KHRC since 2008, when she joined the organization as the director of the Division of Incentives and Development. She then moved into the deputy director position in 2016.
“Jamie has done a wonderful job in leading a talented team at the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission since July of 2022 when she was named interim director,” said Beshear. “Her 15-year tenure at KHRC has prepared her to lead Kentucky horse racing into the future.”
Eads has been responsible for the administration of several popular incentive programs that have boosted the racing industry in Kentucky. She oversaw $16 million in breeder incentive funds and $47 million in state purse development funds and harness racings’ Kentucky Proud Series.
“I am honored to serve Gov. Beshear and the Commonwealth, along with the members of the Commission and everyone on the KHRC team as we work together to further cement Kentucky as the world leader of breeding and racing,” said Eads.