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Seeking the Soul re-enters NTRA Thoroughbred Poll, Bricks and Mortar holds top spot

Seeking the Soul’s victory in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs this past Saturday earned the Charles Fipke homebred a guaranteed spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and also allowed the bay horse to rejoin the top 10 in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Click to enlarge The 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul (IRE) was among the top ten when the first NTRA Poll of 2019 was...

Former UK basketball star Derek Anderson among six to be inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Six individuals who have made outstanding contributions to sports – dating back nearly a century through recent times – have been selected as the 2019 class of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame fueled by the Kentucky Lottery. Comprising the 42nd KSHOF class are: Derek Anderson, a member of a University of Kentucky basketball national championship, 11-year NBA veteran and NBA champion; Deion Branch,...

Nick Richards up to the challenge of becoming top post player in nation after opting to return to UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards wants to get better and that’s the main reason he opted to return to Kentucky for a third season. “That’s one of the reasons I came to this school is to improve on my basketball skills and get ready for the next level,” Richards said. “I thought that coming back for an extra year would just benefit that.” Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards declared...

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

Latest twist in topsy-turvy NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll has Maximum Security back on top

A historic disqualification may have denied Maximum Security his place in history as an American classic winner but the impression the colt left in the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby has allowed him to hold bragging rights as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll concludes for 2019. (Click for larger image) With poll newcomer Sir Winston pulling off the mild upset...

Tacitus, War of Will headline Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to conclude unusual Triple Crown season

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Tactitus, third in the Kentucky Derby, is the 9-5 morning line favorite among 10 three-year-olds entered for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Preakness Stakes winner War of Will is second choice at 2-1. Previewing the race requires a brief recap of arguably the most talked first two legs of the Triple Crown since the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were inaugurated nearly...

Wildcat’s exhibition schedule to feature instate schools Georgetown College and Kentucky State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play a pair of instate schools before officially opening the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Wildcats will take on Georgetown College at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Kentucky State in a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 1. Both games will be played at Rupp Arena and televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans offers a...

Calipari says pickup games still essential to player development as many focus on individual workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is concerned about the lack of time players are spending playing pickup games compared to individual workouts. “One of the things that I’m a little concerned about in this great game that we coach, kids are starting to just be about individual workouts,” he said. “My own son, Brad (Calipari), that cone has no arms. You need to play pickup basketball...

Preakness winner War of Will remains atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll heading into Belmont Stakes Weekend

This weekend’s loaded slate of Grade 1 races slated to take place at Belmont Park will feature the leaders of both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively, in Preakness Stakes winner War of Will and multiple Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar. Click to enlarge Gary Barber’s War of Will is set to become the only horse this...

Keeneland mourns death of longtime starter and track ambassador Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander

Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday. He was 80 years old. Alexander at Keeneland’s 2018 Fall meet (provided photo). “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said....

Abbey Cheek becomes fourth UK softball player in history to be named national fastpitch all-American

Behind the most prolific offensive season in Kentucky Softball history, senior third baseman Abbey Cheek was named the fourth player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American last week. Cheek was a unanimous selection to the first team, the first person to achieve that in program history. UK Senior Abbey Cheek in only the fourth UK softball player named...

University of Kentucky football to open 2019 season with noon contest against Toledo on Aug. 31

With football season just a few short months away, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2019 college football slate. The Wildcats open the 2019 season with three straight home games and look to use the momentum created last year from their win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. The 10-3 record was Kentucky’s best season in 41 years and only the third 10-win season in school...

Kentucky’s EJ Montgomery announces plans to return; Wildcats to play Auburn twice next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery has decided to return for a second season at Kentucky. The 6-foot-10 forward opted to to return next season after declaring for the NBA Draft and gives the Wildcats another big man in the post. Nick Richards announced Tuesday that he would be back next season, giving the Wildcats four returnees, including guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley, on next...

Preakness Stakes winner War of Will edges past Maximum Security in NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Gary Barber’s War of Will has a new bragging right to go along with his classic victory in the Preakness Stakes as the son of War Front earned 16 first-place votes and a total of 322 points to take over the lead position in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. (Click to enlarge) War of Will’s total edged him past Maximum Security by a single point and...

UK forward Nick Richards will return to Wildcats for junior year and John Calipari is expecting big things

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards tested the waters and swam back to the shore. The University of Kentucky junior forward announced he would return for a third season with the Wildcats on Tuesday. Richards declared for the NBA Draft, but the 6-foot-11 forward decided coming back would increase of chances of a career at the next level. “First off, I want to thank God, the man up above,...

University of Kentucky softball’s season comes to an end as Wildcats fall in shutout loss to Huskies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end early Sunday morning. The Wildcats failed to score for the second straight game against No. 3 Washington as the Huskies completed a sweep with a 5-0 win in the best of three Super Regionals to advance to the College World Series. Kentucky ended the season with a 36-24 record, while Washington improved to 50-7 on the...

Kentucky softball falls behind early in game one 3-0 loss to Huskies in Super Regionals

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team fell behind early and couldn’t keep pace with Washington in a 3-0 loss to the Huskies on Friday night. The Wildcats (36-23) left nine runners on base, while the Huskies (49-7) used timely hits, especially in the first two innings and built and early 2-0 lead. The best of three series resumes Saturday night with the first pitch...

NTRA president sends critical letter to HBO Real Sports producer regarding ‘Raced to Death’ segment

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has released the following letter sent by President and CEO Alex Waldrop to Joe Perskie, executive producer, HBO Real Sports regarding the airing of a segment entitled “Raced to death.” The HBO Real Sports description of the segment, which is currently airing on the network, follows: 
“Bernard Goldberg examines why thousands of horses...

Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart honored with AD of the Year award by Sports Business Journal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mitch Barnhart was in the spotlight in the Big Apple this week. The University of Kentucky Athletics Director was named AD of the Year by the Sports Business Journal on Wednesday night. Barnhart was among five finalists for the award during a ceremony by the organization in New York. Mitch Barnhart and Mark Stoops celebrate after the Wildcats defeated South Carolina last...

University of Kentucky softball prepared for Friday’s Super Regional showdown with Washington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson knows what her team will be going up against when the Wildcats take on No. 3 in the NCAA Super Regionals Friday. “Washington is always one of the best defensive teams in the country,” Lawson said. “I don’t know what their statistics are in terms of defense, but they’re very fast and they’re always really good. They do a great job...