A prominent horse racing official is a late entry for the 36th District state senate race in eastern Jefferson County, now held by Republican Julie Carman Denton.
Democrat Rick Hiles of Louisville is the President of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolant and Protective Association, which represents thoroughbred owners and trainers, and has pushed for expanded gambling at racetracks.
Hiles tells me, however, that several issues prompted him to run, including budget problems and education concerns. He says he flew in from Arkansas to get his paperworked filed on Monday in Frankfort.
The 36th state senate district covers most of eastern Jefferson County. Denton also faces a primary challenge from Republican Shawn Slone, who also filed for the office on Wednesday.