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State plans appeal of ruling that found firing of steward improper

Alydar trainer John Veitch talked about the horse's rivalry with Triple Crown winner Affirmed in Lexington on March 6, 2008.  Photo by David Stephenson | Staff 5269 This is a photo from video.
Alydar trainer John Veitch talked about the horse's rivalry with Triple Crown winner Affirmed in Lexington on March 6, 2008. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff 5269 This is a photo from video. LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

Frankfort: The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday filed notice that the state plans to appeal a Nov. 25 ruling in Franklin Circuit Court finding that the firing of former chief state steward John Veitch was improper.

The state also asked for a stay of final judgment that would reinstate Veitch and force the agency to pay him three years of back wages, pending an appellate review.

Veitch was fired in November 2011 by then-Secretary Bob Vance; Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled last week that Vance was not the proper authority to dismiss him. Veitch challenged his firing with the Personnel Board, which upheld it, so he sued.

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