Mr. Koester is currently Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and also a current member of the Ohio State Racing Commission, of which he was the former Chair. He has been involved as an owner/breeder of thoroughbreds for over 30 years, and studies bloodlines and breeding of thoroughbreds. He currently owns 3 mares, 2 2year-old and 1 yearling after selling one at Keeneland in January. He has traveled inspecting stallions throughout Europe, including Coolmore Ireland. Mr. Koester believes that all race day drugs should be eliminated in North American Racing, as they are hurting the breed. He is a firm believer that the sport someday must stand on it's own, without the benefit of casino money. Mr. Koester is a life long resident of the west side of Cincinnati.