Gov. Steve Beshear's choice for executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, trainer John Ward, was cleared by the executive branch ethics panel on Monday, reported The Courier-Journal of Louisville.
Ward, with his wife, Donna, operates John T. Ward Stables in Paris and trained 2001 Derby winner Monarchos. He has said he will surrender his trainer's license once he takes office on April 1; his wife, who exercised the horses, will take over training of the stable.
The Courier-Journal reported that the commission advised it would be permissible to provide boarding and training services for clients that are not licensed in Kentucky.
Ward, 66, is a member of the racing commission, but he will resign his seat and Beshear will appoint a replacement.