An executive at Keeneland for 14 years, Vince Gabbert has decided to quit in order to focus on a professional football team in Lexington, Ky., reports the Daily race form.
Gabbert served as Keeneland’s vice president and chief operating officer from 2009, then vice president of strategic initiatives and legislative affairs.
“During his 14 years at Keeneland, Vince played an important role in many policy initiatives and legislative efforts to further strengthen Kentucky racing,” Keeneland said in a statement. “We thank Vince for his many contributions to the betterment of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry.”
The football team, Lexington Sporting Club, is set to play in the United Soccer League in 2023.
Gabbert, the club’s president, said Spectrum News 1 in 2021: “Lexington has a rich and storied tradition of sporting excellence, from the racetrack to the hardwood and beyond. Our local teams and athletes have long been among the best, and our fans are among the most passionate in the country. Our community is made up of a diverse and international population, who have a deep appreciation for football. Bringing a professional club to Lexington is a natural fit. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a USL League One club to our great city and to our amazing fans. League One offers an impressive line-up of community-focused football clubs, and we are honored to have Lexington now join this group and become part of the USL family.
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