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Mucho Gusto dominant in $3M Pegasus World Cup win; Maker’s Zulu Alpha takes $1M Pegasus Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mucho Gusto won with complete authority Saturday at Gulfstream Park, giving his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his second victory in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy. Jockey Irad Ortiz leads Mucho Gusto into the Winner’s Circle following a dominant win in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy at Gulfstream...

Nick Richards comes to rescue with 25 pts., 14 rebounds as Cats win in OT over Texas Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The amazing transformation of Nick Richards continues. The Kentucky junior forward scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 15 Kentucky to a 76-74 win over 18th-ranked Texas Tech Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge in Lubbock, Texas. Richards scored the first five points in overtime to give Kentucky a 69-64 lead and drained a pair of free throws with 10.3...

Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney announces he will leave Wildcats to continue journey elsewhere

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kahlil Whitney will continue his collegiate career elsewhere. The Kentucky freshman forward announced Friday via social media that he would be leaving the program after “several conversations with my family and coaching staff.” Whitney said playing for the Wildcats “had always been a dream of mine” but has had a change of heart and added that his time at Kentucky...

2019 Runhappy Eclipse Awards announced, Bricks and Mortar Horse of the Year, Champion Turf Male

KyForward staff   HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced Thursday that Bricks and Mortar, who was undefeated in six starts last year, was voted the 2019 Runhappy Horse of the Year at the 49th Annual Runhappy Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino...

Texas Tech embraces rare encounter against Kentucky in Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Texas Tech and Kentucky have played just four games against each other and the two teams haven’t met in more than two decades. A fifth meeting will take place this weekend. For the first time since 1965, the 15th-ranked Wildcats will take on the No. 18 Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday. The two programs haven’t played since Kentucky...

Kentucky’s Ashton Hagans among 15 named to Naismith Defensive Player of the Year watch list

The reigning Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year is being recognized for his stout defense once again. Kentucky men’s basketball’s Ashton Hagans was one of 15 players to appear on the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s midseason watch list for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award on Wednesday. He is the only player from the SEC listed. Players not on the midseason...

With family looking on, Ashton Hagans puts on a show as Wildcats complete sweep of Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans always seems to turn it up a notch against Georgia. With several of his family members in attendance, including his mother, Hagans scored 23 points and just missed a double-double with nine assists to lead No. 15 Kentucky to an 89-79 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night to complete a regular-season sweep. “It’s always good to go against my home state...

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans expecting another tough contest against struggling Georgia Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans doesn’t think much will change when Kentucky takes on Georgia for the second time this season Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. “It was good to be back at home, but now we’re back in Lexington playing them,” said Hagans, a former Georgia Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year winner. “It’s the same game plan. We just go out there and play...

Jamie Vaught: Despite tougher schedule, Kentucky’s odds for winning 2020 football season look strong

The football Wildcats, who are coming off an electrifying Belk Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in Charlotte, now have posted four straight winning seasons. Will they have another victorious campaign in 2020? I think so, although the schedule may be a little bit tougher. But UK will have some experienced weapons coming back and that helps. In addition, the Wildcats have more talent than in the past...

Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks grew up, made major strides in Cats win over Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks Jr. passed a major test during Kentucky’s 73-66 win over Arkansas Saturday in Fayetteville. Brooks scored 10 points — the most since he tallied 10 in Kentucky’s 67-53 win over Georgia Tech on Dec. 14 at Rupp Arena. Brooks also added seven rebounds against the Razorbacks, marking the second straight game he has collected seven boards. Kentucky associate...

John Calipari’s ejection gives Wildcats the spark they needed in 73-66 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The message was simple and Kentucky responded to adversity with ease in a 73-66 win at Arkansas on Saturday. That message came after Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected following a double technical foul with 8:19 remaining and the Wildcats in a 44-44 deadlock. The Razorbacks took a 47-44 lead after making three of four free throws, but Kentucky went on a 15-2 run...

Wildcats move past loss to South Carolina, brace for another tough contest against thriving Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has moved past its buzzer-beating loss to South Carolina earlier this week and looking ahead to Saturday’s contest at Arkansas. “(You) can’t let that energy, that loss, sit too long,” Kentucky guard Johny Juzang said Friday. You’ve got to get ready for the next one. So, it’s a fresh game and you’ve just got to go out there and compete and learn...

KHRC approves purses for 2020 Ky. Sire Stakes; distributions consist of two series, seven county fairs

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes, supporting the recommendations made by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel. The purse distributions will consist of two series as well as funding for up to seven county fairs. The Commission, also under the recommendation of the Panel,...

Wildcats blow 14-point lead, fall to Gamecocks on last-second shot Wednesday night in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night in South Carolina. The 10th-ranked Wildcats suffered their first Southeastern Conference loss of the season with an 81-78 setback to South Carolina in Columbia. It was the first league victory of the season for the Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2), who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half and used...

UK Freshman Tyrese Maxey expecting ‘fun’ but tough game in first visit to South Carolina Wednesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is looking forward to his first visit to South Carolina. “It should be fun,” Maxey said Tuesday. “The veterans said that it’s going to be a hard place to play, said they’re going to be very competitive, very physical, and I just can’t wait for the moment.” The 10th-ranked Wildcats (12-3, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) will play three of their...

Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley has no regrets after returning to Kentucky for second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has no regrets coming back for his sophomore season. “I’ve said that multiple times, I’m so glad I came back,” he said. “Even at the start of the season coming back into my sophomore year, not even basketball-wise, but it’s great because now I really know where all my classes are. I know time management, I know when I need to be places and...

Former Kentucky linebacker Anwar Stewart to return to Wildcats as defensive line coach

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anwar Stewart is coming back home. The former Kentucky linebacker and defensive end (1996-99) has been hired as Kentucky’s defensive line coach. He served as a student assistant and defensive assistant under Mark Stoops from 2017-18. Anwar Stewart “It’s great when we can bring back former players and I’m excited to have Anwar rejoin our staff,” Stoops said....

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Veteran forward Nick Richards performing at a ‘very high level’ for surging Wildcats as ‘Tide’ rolls in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards has been making a difference for Kentucky during the past three weeks and made an impact in the Wildcats’ win at Georgia earlier this week. It was the play of Richards in the second half that helped No. 14 Kentucky overcome a 31-27 halftime deficit as the Wildcats went on to defeat the Bulldogs 78-69 in the first true road game of the season. Bulldogs...

EKU names Matt Roan as Director of Athletics; spent past three years as AD at Nicholls State

Eastern Kentucky University has named Matt Roan as Director of Athletics after a two-month search process. Roan returns to EKU after three-plus years as Director of Athletics at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. “Eastern Kentucky University and the region it serves are special places for my family and me, and we are honored to be returning. We look forward to embracing EKU’s tradition...