Stoops: No. 20 Florida remains one of the elite teams in the Southeastern Confernence

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops doesn’t want to hear any talk on whether or not No. 20 Florida remains one of the elite teams in the Southeastern Conference. “You’re crazy,” Stoops replied when asked by a reporter if the Gators were as scary as they have been in the past. “I’ve watched them play and they are the same Florida team. They are a very, very good football team. Don’t...

Keith Taylor: Resilient Wildcats proved they can shot take a shot to the gut, then fight right back and win

The culture is changing at Kentucky and it’s all for the better. Even when things looked bleak after South Carolina opened the game with Jake Bentley’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel Saturday night, the Wildcats didn’t flinch and recovered from the Gamecocks’ quick strike to go on to defeat the Gamecocks 23-13. Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart were all smiles after Kentucky’s win...

Famed horsewoman and Secretariat breeder Penny Chenery Tweedy dead at age 95 in Boulder

Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery Tweedy (January 27, 1922 – September 16, 2017) was an American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown. She died September 16 at her home in Boulder, Colorado from complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old. Chenery had a love of horses from a young age, and learned to ride at age five. Believing her appreciation...

Lexington woman in intensive care, hit by stray bullets in Columbia; she was there for UK game

Denise Massey of Lexington who was in Columbia, S.C., for the University of Kentucky football game on Saturday was hit with stray bullets early Saturday morning in a drive-by shooting, leaving her in critical condition. Massey was struck in the cheek area, according to Jimmy Brannon, a Paris attorney, who was with her. The couple decided at the last minute to drive to South Carolina to watch UK play...

Cats continue recent dominance of South Carolina with 23-13 win in SEC opener, move to 3-0

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky continued its recent dominance of South Carolina Saturday night in its Southeastern Conference opener. The Wildcats (3-0) notched their fourth consecutive victory over the Gamecocks 23-13, spoiling South Carolina’s home opener. Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad celebrates with Benny Snell following a touchdown by Snell in the first half Saturday night in Columbia,...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, others object to Keeneland-Churchill Downs plan for new tracks

Staff report The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and other groups are pushing back on the plan announced by Churchill Downs and Keeneland to build two new racetrack facilities in Oak Grove and Corbin. A statement released by Franklin S. Kling Jr., president of the racing commission and Vice Chairman John C. Roach said the commission has said repeatedly it would not consider “any applications...

Bringing Hope: Eastern Scholar House provides single parents housing and support

With a smile as sunny as the September skies above, Whitney Ballew looked out over the large crowd assembled at the dedication ceremony for the Eastern Scholar House on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. There was a time not that long ago that Ballew had about given up on her pursuit of a college degree, after having attended EKU and Bluegrass and Community and Technical College (BCTC). It...

Stoops, Wildcats embrace anticipated challenge at South Carolina in SEC opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has had more success against South Carolina than any other program in the Southeastern Conference. The Kentucky football coach has won three straight against the Gamecocks, including a 17-10 triumph last year at Kroger Field. During the Wildcats’ last visit to Brice-Williams Stadium two years ago, Kentucky edged the hosts 26-22 in a thriller that spiraled...

Churchill, Keenland form ‘historic partnership’ to build two new racing facilities in Corbin, Oak Grove

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and Keeneland Association, Inc. (“Keeneland”) announced today an historic partnership to propose the construction of two new state-of-the-art racing facilities. One will be in southeastern Kentucky in Corbin (Knox County), and the second will be in southwestern Kentucky in Oak Grove (Christian County). The proposed facilities will feature...

UK veteran linebacker Jones to miss SEC opener because of shoulder injury

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be missing one of its top defensive players in the Southeastern Conference opener at South Carolina Saturday. Linebacker Jordan Jones won’t play against the Gamecocks because of a shoulder injury. Through the first two games, Jones has compiled 13 tackles, complete with a pass breakup and a forced fumble. He led the Wildcats with 109 tackles last season. “He...

Cats release start times, television information for SEC, most of non-conference schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today All of Kentucky’s men’s basketball games will be televised not only locally and regionally, but also nationally this season. All games will be televised through the ESPN app, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, and the SEC Network. All games on the CBS Network also can be streamed online. Kentucky’s game against Kansas will be televised on ESPN, while the UCLA and Louisville...

Buyer beware: Kentucky expecting a flood following hurricanes Harvey, Irma — of flood-damaged vehicles

While Kentucky has not been directly affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Commonwealth could soon experience flooding of another kind: a rise in flood-damaged vehicles. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation (DVR) is preparing for an influx of title requests for vehicles that have been deemed a total loss due to natural disaster damage in states such as Florida...

Former Kentucky men’s basketball All-American, Hall of Famer Billy Ray Lickert dies at age 78

Billy Ray Lickert, a Helms Foundation All-American in 1961 and three-time All-Southeastern Conference player for the Kentucky men’s basketball team, died Wednesday. He was 78. Lickert became the 12th player in program history to amass 1,000 career points and was a three-year letterwinner (1959-61) under legendary coach Adolph Rupp. He was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and was...

Bill Straub: EPA chief Pruitt playing games with nation’s health, safety to gain energy industry favor

WASHINGTON – Scott Pruitt, the Kentuckian in charge of what little is left of the Environmental Protection Agency since the Trumpsters took a chainsaw to it, is very much like the pet shop owner in the famous Monty Python “dead parrot’’ sketch. Confronted by an irritated customer demanding a refund for a rather obviously deceased “Norwegian Blue’’ purchased a half hour earlier, the pet...

Kentucky aims to make simple better ahead of SEC opener at South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although Kentucky didn’t put a dent in the scoreboard in a 27-16 win over Eastern Kentucky in its home opener last weekend, the Wildcats made strides, especially offensively. “I think the best thing we saw is that we executed,” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said earlier this week. “We got a little bit better on third down. We were one-for-one in the...

Mitch McConnell: Congress faces number of pressing issues related to disaster relief — and debt ceiling

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate’s upcoming agenda items:   Congress has a number of pressing issues to address in the coming days.   There are three critically important things before us that need be done very quickly: pass disaster relief legislation to allow us to rebuild from Harvey and prepare for future disasters...

Stoops says Cats must become more disciplined going into SEC opener at South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops knows his team will have to take a big leap forward in the Southeastern Conference opener Saturday at South Carolina. Although the Wildcats are 2-0, the competition level will get tougher against the Gamecocks, who have won their first two encounters, including last week’s conference-opening 31-13 win over Missouri. Mark Stoops and...

Keith Taylor: Winning with flaws certainly beats not winning at all for perfect Wildcats

Kentucky is undefeated, but far from perfect. Although the Wildcats have won their first two games for the third time in Mark Stoops’ five-year tenure, an unblemished slate doesn’t mean Kentucky is ready and set to make a run in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats rushed for more than 200 yards in a win over Eastern Kentucky Saturday (UK Athletics Photo)...

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...

Premier Book 1 sale of elite yearlings kicks off Keeneland’s 74th annual September Sale Monday

Keeneland begins its 74th annual September Yearling Sale on Monday with a premier Book 1 sale of 167 elite yearlings that starts at 3 p.m. ET. A total of 4,139 yearlings have been cataloged to the September Sale, which will cover 12 sessions through Saturday, Sept. 23. “Globally, the September Sale is the primary source of champions and graded stakes winners year after year,” Keeneland Vice President...