Tapit filly brings season-best $2.7 million as Keeneland’s September Yearling sale gets underway

Keeneland’s reformatted Week 1 of the September Yearling Sale produced $8 million-plus horses and fueled significant increases in trade during Monday’s opening premier Book 1. Leading the action was a $2.7 million Tapit filly purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier to be the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the highest-priced filly sold at the September...

Keeneland opens 74th annual September Yearling Sale with revised format, debut of bonus program

For the next two weeks, Keeneland’s 74th annual September Yearling Sale will be the focus of the Thoroughbred industry as major buyers from across the U.S. and around the world select racing prospects representing top breeders and consignors. The 2017 sale features a revised format, highlighted by the debut of the Keeneland September Sale Bonus Program, and begins at 3:00 p.m. Monday. The September...

Following devastating 2016 fire, Blue Grass Stockyards resumes business in new facility

A 70-year Lexington tradition, interrupted by a devastating fire in January 2016, will be back in business next week, as sales begin at the new Blue Grass Stockyards in Fayette County. Mayor Jim Gray, Councilmembers and members of the Blue Grass Stockyards family cut a ribbon to officially open the new facility Friday. “This is a proud day in our city,” Gray said. “This $600-million-a-year business,...

P3 Kentucky Roundtable leadership group expands membership, adds six industry leaders

Two major law firms, a leading highway construction company, the state’s largest water utility, one of the region’s largest accounting and advisory firms as well as a regional business leadership organization have joined the P3 Kentucky Roundtable, a group of thought leaders working to help build much-needed public infrastructure across Kentucky through private investment and financing. Kentucky’s...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Head to Bi-Water Farm for the produce — and the state’s first corn maze

Visit one of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Markets, Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse in Georgetown, Ky., site of the state’s first corn maze. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Distillers partner to create new Bourbon Trail Welcome Center

The Frazier History Museum and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have finalized a partnership to mutually develop a Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center & Exhibit that will be located at the Frazier along Louisville’s famed Whiskey Row. The center will exclusively become the “Official Starting Point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experiences” when it opens in August 2018, showcasing...

WPT Corporation adds second plant in Ohio County, creating 40 new jobs on $6 million investment

Nonwoven fabrics manufacturer WPT Corp. will open a $6 million, 40-job plant -— its second in Ohio County —- to add capacity for materials used in hygiene and filtration products such as diapers and furnace air filters, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. “As a family-owned and operated company, WPT Corp. is taking a major step forward in establishing a new production facility. Our state and...

KCTC, UK-sponsored fifth annual Supplier Diversity Fair coming up Sept. 20 — time to register

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) are sponsoring the fifth annual Supplier Diversity Fair Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 12:30-4 p.m. (ET) at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street. The event is open to minority-owned, women-owned, differently-abled and veteran-owned businesses interested in potential opportunities with KCTCS and UK....

Keven Moore: Modern technology advances making speeders, traffic offenders think twice on the roads

It was inevitable with today’s advanced technology that our local and state police departments would catch on and make use of it to monitor and enforce traffic laws. Speed and red light cameras are showing up all across the United States. Even if you have the means to employ stealth technology, it’s likely Big Brother will always remain one step ahead. If you grew up in my generation, many...

Gryphon Environmental to expand Owensboro facility, create 20 jobs on $1.76 million investment

Gryphon Environmental LLC, which makes industrial drying systems for food processors, paper manufacturers, the municipal wastewater treatment market and other industries, will invest more than $1.76 million and create 20 full-time jobs as it moves to a larger facility within Owensboro, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday. “Gryphon Environmental’s investment and new job creation represents the kind...

Gatton College’s Schnatter Institute hosts economist Art Laffer for tax policy discussion Thursday

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward Tax reform discussions are taking place in our nation’s capital and in state capitals across the country, including Frankfort, Kentucky. Amid this backdrop, the Schnatter Institute at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics is hosting noted economist and tax policy analyst Arthur B. “Art” Laffer as part of a 90-minute panel discussion...

Nominations sought for University of Louisville College of Business Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame

The University of Louisville College of Business is seeking nominations for this year’s Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame honors. The Circle of Fame spotlights College of Business alumni who have demonstrated significant success as entrepreneurs. Their names are permanently added to a granite monument at the college to serve as inspiration for all students. The first Circle of Fame honorees were named...

Quarles promoting Kentucky agriculture in Japan as part of new international trade initiative

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is traveling in Japan for an international trade mission with the United States Meat Export Federation to advocate for Kentucky farmers through September 8. “Last week, I announced my administration would begin taking a more assertive role in international trade,” said Commissioner Quarles. “Kentucky needs international trade, but more importantly,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Get a better look at history with a visit to the Kentucky Bison Company

Get a better look at history with a visit to the Woodland Farm and the Kentucky Bison Company, located in Goshen in Oldham County, where the buffalo still roam. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Swedish Match expanding Owensboro operation, creating 36 jobs on $41 million investment

Swedish Match, a smokeless tobacco products manufacturer, will add to its Owensboro production facility with a more than $40.9 million investment and create 36 full-time jobs. “In a significant contribution to Kentucky’s historic economic growth, Swedish Match has chosen to invest further in Daviess County,” Governor Matt Bevin said of the announcement. “The advanced manufacturing capabilities...

TOBA names Spendthrift Farm regional owner of the year; WinStar Farm selected state breeder of year

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Spendthrift Farm, Juddmonte Farms, John Oxley and Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence have been selected as the TOBA Regional Owners of the Year. The TOBA National Owner of the Year will be announced live at the TOBA National Awards Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Calumet Farm in Lexington. TOBA will also honor...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Bourbon Women select Wilson for Mateus Networking Award

Andrea Wilson, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Michter’s Distillery, received the fourth annual “Lois Mateus Networking Award” honoring her years of innovative and strategic leadership in Kentucky’s Bourbon industry. Wilson was the first woman to ever serve as chair of the KDA Board of Directors in 2009. She has been a member of the Board since 2005 and continues today as...

Forbes to discuss U.S., global economies at free public event at U of L’s Schnatter Center

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, will speak Sept. 12 at The John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at the University of Louisville College of Business. The free, public talk, “Insights from Steve Forbes,” begins at 4:30 p.m. in Middleton Auditorium, Strickler Hall. Forbes, one of the nation’s most respected economic forecasters, will discuss his views on the...

Turfway Park announces changes to stakes schedule; Spiral Stakes purse cut, KY Cup Classic returns

Turfway Park will open its 59th season Nov. 29 with upgrades to its most important day of racing as well as modifications to its stakes schedule, General Manager Daniel “Chip” Bach announced today. Chip Bach One significant change is the resurrection of the Kentucky Cup Classic, to be run on the Spiral Stakes (G3) undercard. Last run in 2011 as a Grade 2 race, the Kentucky Cup Classic trophy has...

Keven Moore: Hurricane Harvey a reminder of the importance of being prepared for a disaster

Many of us have watched in disbelief the torrential rainfalls in southeast Texas that followed after Hurricane Harvey hit the region this past weekend. Over the past several days, I have kept up with my stranded and recently retired step-brother David Sanford and his wife Joy, who happened to be on vacation in the Houston area visiting family. Initially, he felt that he was at a fairly safe distance...