Former Gov. Brereton Jones stepped down on Monday as chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, which he co-founded in 2004 to help push for expanded gambling.
"There comes a time when most people would have had about as much political activity as they care to have," Jones said Wednesday. "I believe I have reached that point."
KEEP, which includes Kentucky racetracks as well as a diverse group of horse breeds, has unsuccessfully lobbied for expanded gambling at tracks to shore up the state's horse industry.
Jones, owner of Airdrie Stud, said he still plans to breed and race horses and support the horse industry but will not be on the KEEP board.
"I love this industry with all my heart and will willingly stand up and fight for it at every level," Jones said.
The KEEP board will meet later this month to elect a new chairman. Bill Casner, former co-owner of WinStar Farm, is the vice chairman.