Nicholson to Pennsylvania: Bring it on

by | 02.23.2011 | 7:20am

Speaking at a roundtable networking luncheon focusing on the local equine industry, Women Leading Kentucky hosted Keeneland president and CEO Nick Nicholson last week. In his remarks, Nicholson spoke not just about the Thoroughbred industry but the Kentucky equine industry in general. “The more we can diversify the horse business and the more we can get into other breeds and other disciplines and uses of horses, that's going to be good for the economic infrastructure that shores up so much of our local economy.”

He also praised the development of the Kentucky Horse Park for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games saying “It's turned a summertime park into a year-round park,” he said. “It's going to be a wonderful thing for our town.”

But perhaps most notably, he playfully threw down the gauntlet to Pennsylvania racing. “Pennsylvania has an ad campaign that says they're coming after Kentucky,” Nicholson said. “Bring it on. People love the Kentucky Thoroughbred because it not only walks the walk, it runs the run.”

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