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Decade of Caring: Racetrack workers win big at Kentucky Racing Health Services Center

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  Convincing capricious half-ton racehorses to do your will can take a toll on the human body. The grooms, hotwalkers, exercise riders and other workers who tend to the needs of elite Thoroughbred athletes also carry heavy buckets and bales, …

Kentucky by Heart: For the eager salesman, mail-order worm business didn’t work out

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  By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   I’ve always liked to sell things, even at an early age. I helped Mom sell strawberries picked from our patch on our three-and-a half acre farm in Claryville. I tried selling greeting cards, …

Sports Notes: Western Kentucky softball star Kramer has monster week, but modest record

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  Western Kentucky University senior pitcher Miranda Kramer had quite a week last week even though she only had a 2-2 record to show for it.   Kramer is 20-7 and the only active NCAA Division I pitcher with over …

First year of snow days pilot program deemed a success; more districts now want to join

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By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   The 13 school systems that participated in the first full year of the Kentucky Department of Education’s snow days learning pilot have earned full credit for every day submitted to count as an …

Probable Derby favorite American Pharoah turns in fastest workout at Churchill Downs

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  Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, the champion 2-year-old of 2014 and probable morning-line favorite for the $2 million Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs in :58.40 Sunday at Churchill Downs, the fastest of 32 at the distance.   “I have been …

Eye Health: Eye twitches can be annoying, but are harmless; see these seven common causes

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    By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Have you ever experienced an eye twitch? Eye twitching, eyelid tics and spasms are pretty common. Sudden-onset eyelid twitching is almost always benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a …

Germany’s Jung, aboard Fischerrocana, edges out Price to capture Rolex Three-Day Event

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  With her only penalties being the low score she earned in the dressage ring, Fischerrocana FST and Michael Jung of Germany won the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, conducted at the Kentucky Horse Park. Their score of 39.3 bested …

SuccessKy: Terence Hunt saw history in the making as he covered White House for AP

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  This is the first of an occasional series on Kentuckians who have achieved national prominence.   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   As a boy growing up in Bellevue in Northern Kentucky, Terry Hunt lived with his family above …

With Kentucky’s 2015 hemp production, focus turning to what to do with harvest

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  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The second season of hemp production in Kentucky is about to begin and while much of the research has centered on how to best grow the plant, those involved are focusing on what …

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Elk herd doing great; plenty of opportunities for hunters

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  By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   FRANKFORT, Ky. – Elkhorn Creek in central Kentucky, the city of Elkton in Todd County and Elkhorn City in Pike County are modern day reminders of the elk that inhabited Kentucky when …

A Silver Bullet: Ammunitions developers choose to stay put after employer leaves state

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  Brent Jarboe and Marlin Jiranek have a passion for making guns and ammunition. They also love living in Elizabethtown.   “We have established great ties in Kentucky,” Jarboe said. “Our families are happy here, and we couldn’t imagine being …

Record crowds, $1 million Toyota Blue Grass purse highlights for Keeneland Spring Meet

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  Keeneland successfully concluded its 2015 Spring Meet on Friday, yielding a number of positive results: consecutive Saturdays of near-record crowds that contributed to the track’s fourth-highest Spring Meet attendance and a blockbuster opening Saturday which featured both the $1 …

Weekend Read: Centre poll affirms ‘Pope Francis Effect,’ improved view of Church

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  By Michael Strysick Special to KyForward   A nationwide poll conducted by political scientists from Centre College shows that nearly half of Americans are aware of efforts by Pope Francis to increase transparency and openness in the Vatican bureaucracy, …

Calipari expecting Poythress to return for his senior year, Lee to have breakout season

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  Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expects injured junior forward Alex Poythress to return for his senior season and to team with fellow front-court man Marcus Lee to provide the Wildcats with the foundation for another highly ranked …

EatKentucky: Sorghum’s Savor gives readers, cooks something new to sink sweet tooth in to

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward     Sorghum’s Savor by Ronni Lundy Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015   When I was a boy in Clay County, we would frequently have preachers visit as we didn’t have our …

Shawn Flarida and his trademark green shirt among highlights of Kentucky Reining Cup

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  By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Shawn Flarida, the National Horse Reining Association’s first and only $5 million rider, is so superstitious he will not not perform without wearing his trademark green shirt. But his successful reining career would …

Chef John Foster: Add a pinch of this, a dash of that – just don’t forget a pound of patience

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  It is difficult to instill the notion of structure into a discipline that seems to thrive on chaos. The Hell’s Kitchen image of professional cooking is still very much alive in the minds and imaginations of prospective cooks.   …

Keeneland had $590 million impact on Lexington, Fayette Co. in 2014, study shows

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  Keeneland’s spring and fall race meets and four Thoroughbred sales in 2014 generated a $590 million economic impact for Lexington and Fayette County.   The results are among the findings of an economic impact study conducted by the University …

Heads Up: Team of inventive youngsters may have solution to football concussion problem

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  By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward   A group of Mann Elementary students from Union in Northern Kentucky might help provide a solution to an issue that is threatening one of America’s most popular sports.   The students, five …

Defending champion Fox-Pitt, Phillips among impressive entries for Rolex Three-Day Event

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  Defending champion William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of England, head an impressive list of entries set to compete in the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park April 23-26.   A …