Lisa Underwood Young, former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, died at her home of an apparent heart attack Dec. 9, according to a report in the BloodHorse. She was 57.
Underwood was an attorney that worked at the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. She served as the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for five years. During that time, Underwood played a major role in hiring the first medical director for the KHRC and the launch of historical race wagering.
Underwood is survived by her husband Richard Young, her brother Trip Underwood, and a niece and nephew. Underwood graduated from Sayre School, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral with interment following at the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church Dec. 13, from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm or the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
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