Veitch files new appeal of firing, says Vance lacked authority

Former Kentucky chief steward John Veitch has filed a supplemental appeal, alleging that Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Bob Vance did not have the authority to fire him, The Blood-Horse has reported.

"Because only the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had the authority to dismiss me, Vance's unilateral decision was a clear statutory and constitutional violation of my rights and not effective. Therefore, I remain employed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission," Veitch said in the latest appeal of his Nov. 28 firing.

Vance said on Dec. 14 that the decision to fire Veitch was his.

Veitch asked to be reinstated with damages. He also has appealed his firing on the grounds that he was dismissed improperly without cause and for age discrimination.