The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission named a state racing steward Tuesday. Barbara Borden of Louisville has been hired as a steward and will be the acting chief steward until a permanent hire is made, commission spokesman Dick Brown said.
The chief position has been vacant since John Veitch was fired in November. Veitch has appealed the firing and has asked Franklin Circuit Court to block a one-year suspension of his steward's license imposed by the commission.
Borden's new role is effective April 1, and she will be acting chief state steward during Keeneland's spring meet, April 6 to 27, Brown said.
The stewards are regulators of racing at each licensed race meet and make determinations about disputes, complaints or objections that occur. Two of the three stewards present at each race in the state are employed by the commission, and a third works for the track, according to a commission statement.
Borden is a track-employed steward at Ellis Park in Henderson and has worked as senior horse identifier at Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Turfway Park.