An executive at Keeneland for the past 14 years, Vince Gabbert has decided to resign in order to focus on a professional soccer team in Lexington, Ky., reports the Daily Racing Form.
Gabbert served as Keeneland’s vice president and chief operating officer beginning in 2009, and later as vice president of strategic initiatives and legislative affairs.
“During his 14 years at Keeneland, Vince played an important role in numerous strategic initiatives and legislative efforts to further strengthen Kentucky racing,” Keeneland said, in a statement. “We thank Vince for his many contributions for the betterment of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry.”
The soccer team, the Lexington Sporting Club, is scheduled to play in the United Soccer League in 2023.
Gabbert, the club president, told 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 some of the most passionate in the nation. Our community is comprised of a diverse and international citizenry, which has a deep appreciation for the game of soccer. To bring a Professional club to Lexington is a natural fit. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a USL League One club to our great city and to our incredible fans. League One features an impressive lineup of community-driven soccer clubs, and we’re honored that Lexington will now join that group and become a part of the USL family.”
Read more at the Daily Racing Form.
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