Three former UK players sign free-agent contracts after not being chosen in NFL Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer For the first time in a decade, no University of Kentucky football player was chosen in the NFL Draft. Although no former Wildcat was selected in the yearly draft, three former Wildcats signed free agent contracts following the three-day draft that ended Saturday in Philadelphia. Former Kentucky receiver Ryan Timmons signed a free-agent contract with the...

Legends rally to force extra innings, but Barrera’s solo homer the difference in Hagerstown victory

Tres Barrera’s solo homer in the top of the 11th inning broke a 4-4 tie, and the Hagerstown Suns went on to a 5-4, 11-inning win over the Lexington Legends Saturday night in front of 5,431 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Daniel Johnson doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Nick Banks. Lexington claimed the lead with three...

Billy Reed: Gunnevera might be best chance for Castellano to finally add a Derby win to his resume

The Kentucky Derby history book is brimming over with fascinating stories, but it’s safe to say there’s never been one quite like the harrowing tale surrounding Antonio Sano, the Venezuelan trainer who was kidnapped twice – once for 36 horrible days – before finally getting hooked up with Gunnevera, who will receive a lot of betting support in Saturday’s 143rd Run for the Roses. So far the...

Western Kentucky lineman Lamp goes to Chargers in second round, highest draft pick in program history

He contributed to WKU’s first-ever FBS bowl appearance. He started on WKU’s first-ever bowl championship team. He captained WKU’s first-ever FBS conference championship. And on Friday, Forrest Lamp became WKU’s highest-ever draft selection when he was selected No. 38 overall by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2017 NFL Draft. From Sarasota, near his native Venice, Fla., Lamp received the phone...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Now a common presence in state, coyotes coexist in the urban landscape

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward An expansion from its historic range in the interior plains brought the coyote to Kentucky where as recently as the early 1970s sightings of these animals were still considered rare. Coyotes are now common across the state but their presence in urban and suburban areas can surprise residents. “People in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Denver have grown accustomed...

Calumet’s Quiet Business captures Bewitch with late surge on closing day of Keeneland’s Spring Meet

Calumet Farm’s 16-1 longshot Quiet Business took command in the final furlong to win the 1½-mile Bewitch (G3) before 18,057 fans at Keeneland on Friday’s closing day of the 2017 Spring Meet. Quiet Business, a 4-year-old daughter of Quiet American, was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., who won two races on Friday. She is trained by George R. “Rusty” Arnold II. Second choice Daring Duchess led...

Kentucky Derby fans can place bets, watch big race on big screen at Red Mile’s Derby Fest 2017

Red Mile, the 142 year old track in the center of the horse capital of the world will once again welcome fans for a Derby Day of unparalleled entertainment. Whether it’s in the grandstand, on the wagering floor, or relaxing in the clubhouse, free admission to the festivities means that everyone can join in on the fun. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. when doors open in preparation for the first...

Shadwell Stable’s Mutazen gains control from the start, pulls away in stretch to notch Wild Air Purse

Leading from the start, Shadwell Stable’s Mutazen pulled away from his rivals down the stretch to score a 3½-length win in the $72,000 Wild Air Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 10,171. Mutazen, a 5-year-old gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) ridden by Jose Lezcano for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, covered the 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:51.15. The victory marked...

Three-run blast highlights four-hit night by Peterson, Legends use long ball to bash Hagerstown

Kort Peterson had four hits, including a three-run homer, and Nick Dini and Chris DeVito also homered as the Lexington Legends rolled past the Hagerstown Suns 12-2 in front of 4,033 fans Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Hagerstown’s Juan Soto put the Suns in front with a first-inning solo homer, but the Legends evened the score in the bottom of the first. Khalil Lee was hit by a pitch,...

Gorgeous Kitten rallies to lead in deep stretch, captures Keeneland’s Taylor Made by a length

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Gorgeous Kitten took the lead in deep stretch to win the $72,000 Taylor Made Purse by one length before 12,027 fans enjoying a warm, sunny Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland. Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Mike Maker, Gorgeous Kitten covered 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:49.65. Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Mike Maker, Gorgeous Kitten covered...

Prince collects 14 strikeouts to lead UK softball past UT-Martin; White powers baseball team to victory

Senior pitcher Meagan Prince struck out a career-high 14 batters in a complete game winning performance in front of a Bettye Giles Field record crowd of 731 people in her hometown of Martin, Tennessee, as the No 18 Kentucky softball team beat the UT-Martin Skyhawks, 8-2.   Prince threw her 12th complete game of the season on Wednesday night allowing just two runs on six hits, walking four and striking...

Former Wildcat center Toth hopes longevity, commitment pays off in upcoming NFL Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Jon Toth has a reputation for longevity on the field and commitment in the classroom. The University of Kentucky senior center will likely have to wait his turn when the NFL Draft begins Thursday in Philadelphia. Listed as one of the top centers available in the three-day event, Toth is projected to go as high as third and as low as seventh in the annual...

Fabian crunches pair of home runs, GreenJackets put up 17 hits, drill Legends, 10-3

Sandro Fabian hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and the Augusta GreenJackets collected 17 hits on their way to a 10-3 win over the Lexington Legends in front of 7,188 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The GreenJackets took the lead with three unearned runs in the third inning. Anthony Marks reached second base on a throwing error by shortstop Ricky Aracena, and moved to third on a single by...

Louisville All-American McKay bashes four home runs, drives in nine to key Cards past EKU

All-American Brendan McKay matched a school record with four home runs and finished with a career-best nine RBI to lead the No. 2 Louisville baseball team to a 14-4 road victory against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon at Earle Combs Stadium. The four home runs for McKay equaled the school record total first achieved by Jim LaFountain against Western Kentucky on April 24, 1976. Tuesday’s...

Rethlake throws complete-game shutout to lead UK to 5-0 win over EKU

The No. 18 Kentucky softball team picked up its fifth win in a row on Tuesday night as Erin Rethlake threw a complete-game shutout against Eastern Kentucky and Jenny Schaper had three RBI as the Wildcats knocked off the Colonels, 5-0.   Kentucky improves to 31-13 on the season with Tuesday night’s result, as Eastern Kentucky falls to 20-27. The Wildcats return to the field on Wednesday afternoon...

Barn Notes: Daring Duchess carrying 120 pounds in Keeneland’s closing day Bewitch Stakes

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Daring Duchess is the 120-pound highweight in the field of six fillies and mares entered Tuesday for Friday’s 56th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) on closing day of Keeneland’s 2017 Spring Meet. The Bewitch, run at 1½ miles on the turf, will go as the ninth race Friday with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post for the 10-race program is 1:05 p.m. Daring Duchess,...

GreenJackets’ hurler Mazza twirls rare perfect game, shuts out Legends by 9-0 count

Domenic Mazza of the Augusta GreenJackets pitched a perfect game in a 9-0 victory over the Lexington Legends Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Mazza, a left-hander, struck out nine batters and was helped by two outstanding defensive plays by right fielder Sandro Fabian. In the eighth inning, Fabian made a diving catch on a line drive to right center field hit by Emmanuel Rivera, and in the bottom...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest — the legacy of a German immigrant

Isaac Wolfe Bernheim immigrated to the U.S. from Germany when he was 17 years old. When he reached New York, he had $4 in his pocket. But like many hard working German immigrants in the 19th century, he thrived in America’s land of opportunity, adopted its values and way of life, and prospered financially. At first he traveled on horseback, peddling household goods and hardware to German immigrants...

Keith Taylor: Calipari not afraid to let players take a chance and pursue professional career

It shouldn’t have been a surprise when Kentucky coach John Calipari gave Hamidou Diallo his blessing after the freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft last weekend. Although Diallo, one of the top prospects in the Class of 2017, was being counted on to help ease the departure of De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and the absence of the team’s top seven scorers next season, Calipari understood the reasoning...

Five and counting: UK freshman Bam Adebayo hires an agent, opts to remain in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer It didn’t take Bam Adebayo long to decide his future plans. The Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft earlier this month but opted against signing with an agent, leaving the door open for a possible return for a second season with the Wildcats. Adebayo announced Tuesday that he’s signing with an agent, ending his one-year collegiate...