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Horsewoman Bellocq earns NTWAB Bill Mooney Award; burned saving horses at San Luis Rey fire

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will present Martine Bellocq, a lifelong horsewoman who rushed into a burning barn trying to save her horses in a wildfire that decimated much of the San Luis Rey Downs training center last December, with the Bill Mooney Award for displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity. Bellocq (courtesy of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club) Bellocq suffered severe...

A decade later, John Calipari says Kentucky still the “greatest of them all”

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari addresses the crowd during Big Blue Madness Friday night at Rupp Arena. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been a decade since John Calipari made his first appearance at Big Blue Madness and the Kentucky coach looked ahead to his second decade Friday night. Prior...

Wildcats have the competitive edge John Calipari is looking for in preseason

Kentucky coach John Calipari answers a question during Media Day Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Competition is good and Kentucky has plenty of competitors on the roster. It’s given John Calipari a chance to sit back and coach rather than spend his time motivating the Wildcats...

Stoops, Cats using bye week to prepare for second half of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Mark Stoops a little longer to get over Kentucky’s loss at Texas A&M and the Kentucky coach doesn’t think his team will lose focus during the lone bye week of the season. “They’ve been really good to this point about staying on task, staying on the message,” Stoops said. “They reiterate the message sometimes before I get to it, which is a good...

UK Profile: A veteran, Reid Travis feels like a new kid on the block

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis feels like a new kid on the block. Although the former Stanford standout has played college basketball for four years, he’s starting over as graduate-transfer at Kentucky as he pursues his master’s degree. Travis said there are similarities between the two programs and considers the unique situation a “split deal.” “I do feel like a veteran on one...

UK Profile: PJ Washington plans to take it slower, savor sophomore season with Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington is taking a different approach going into his second season at Kentucky. “I’m just trying to take it slower,” he said. “The season goes by fast and school goes by fast. I’m just trying to enjoy every moment I get, especially in the classroom. They were my teammates as well. I mean, I felt like last year everything was going by in a...

Jamie Vaught: At 91, Bell County native Homer Rice looks back at career as football coach, administrator

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK. If you follow sports, you probably have read or heard about former UK assistant football coach Dr. Homer Rice even though the...

John Calipari Q&A: Coach provides a look at what to expect this season from his newest set of gym rats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari touched on a variety of topics when meeting with select members of the media last month to preview the upcoming season. Calipari provided a glimpse into what to expect this season. “If we’re really going to be good, it will be because we’re outstanding defensively,” he said. “The biggest thing about this team is...

A decade into his tenure, Calipari has same drive, desire to succeed

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari begins his 10th season as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He is shown at his first Big Blue Madness. (Bill Thiry/Kentucky Today ) A decade has passed since John Calipari took over at the University of Kentucky. Has it been 10 years? “That is not that long ago,” he said. “You’re not talking 15 years ago.” Calipari, who has compiled a 275-64 record...

Texas A&M hands No. 13 UK first setback of the season, 20-14 in OT

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have two weeks to get over its first loss of the season. The 13th-ranked Wildcats had a hard time finding the end zone in a 20-14 overtime loss at Texas A&M Saturday night at College Station. Trayveon Williams scored on a 10-yard run on the Aggies’ first possession of overtime for the game-winner. Prior to the score by Williams, Miles Butler missed...

No. 13 Kentucky set to face Texas A&M in first meeting since 1953

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson and the Wildcats will take on Texas A&M Saturday at College Station. The Wildcats are looking for their sixth victory of the season. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky played on the road, the Wildcats ended a 31-game losing streak to Florida in Gainesville, jumpstarting the Wildcats’ best start in the Southeastern...

Keeneland, Equestricon form expanded partnership around fan development and wagering

As the fall meet at Keeneland begins, and less than a month until the second-annual Equestricon convention and festival, the two organizations have announced details of an exciting new collaboration. Fans can expect to see a larger presence from the BETologist program — which educates patrons on all aspects of handicapping and wagering — at both Keeneland this fall and at Equestricon. Keeneland...

Restless Rider headlines overflow field for Friday’s 67th running of the Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, runner-up in the Spinaway (G1) in her most recent start, headlines a field of 14 2-year-old fillies plus two also-eligibles entered Tuesday for Friday’s 67th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Darley Alcibiades serves as the centerpiece of the opening-day program for the 17-day Fall Meet that...

Jamie Vaught: Several preseason college basketball yearbooks picking UK as nation’s No. 1 team

If you’re like me as a college hoops fan, you certainly would look forward every fall when the popular college basketball yearbooks hit the newsstands or become available online. My love for preseason yearbooks began when I was a kid. I had to ask my mom or dad to buy a copy and they obliged. My first yearbook, I believe, was the one about major league baseball by Street & Smith’s,...

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher not surprised by Wildcats’ rise under coach Mark Stoops

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jimbo Fisher isn’t surprised Kentucky is one of the top teams in the nation this season. Fisher’s former defensive coordinator at Florida State — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops — has guided the No 13 Wildcats to a 5-0 start this season, including three consecutive victories in the Southeastern Conference. The fast start against league foes marks the first time Kentucky...

Stoops, Cats prep for first meeting against Texas A&M in 65 years

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t played Texas A&M in more than six decades. That will change Saturday when the two teams meet for the first time in 65 years. The last time the Wildcats played the Aggies came in 1953 when Texas A&M yanked out a 7-6 victory over a Kentucky squad coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant, who later went on to coach the Aggies before creating a legacy...

Keith Taylor: Unbeaten Wildcats happy to be 5-0 but still striving for perfection

Kentucky defensive players Derrick Baity (8), Lonnie Johnson (6) and Josh Allen (41) celebrate a big play during the Wildcats’ win over South Carolina Saturday night. (Kentucky Today, Bill Thiry)

Stoops, perfect Cats seek to keep streak going against Gamecocks

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last year’s win at South Carolina. The two teams will meet Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will attempt to knock down another proverbial door in front of an expected sellout crowd Saturday at Kroger Field. The 17th-ranked Wildcats,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The spotted (Kentucky) bass not recognized as a separate species until 1927

Once thought to be a hybrid between the largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, and easily confused with the largemouth bass in coloration, the spotted bass was not recognized by ichthyologists as a separate species until 1927. The spotted bass is one of four species of black bass found in Kentucky waters. All are members of family, Centrarchidae, which includes sunfish and crappie. Identification in...

South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp impressed with Kentucky’s ‘active’ defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Prior to becoming a head coach, Will Muschamp had a reputation as one of the top defensive coordinators in college football. Muschamp once coached defensive backs at Eastern Kentucky University before going on to LSU, Miami Dolphins, Auburn and Texas to serve as the top defensive boss at all four stops. Following a four-year stint as head coach at Florida, he returned...