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Keeneland Library Lecture Series to feature books about Triple Crown winners Sir Barton, Justify

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will feature discussions of new books about Triple Crown winners Sir Barton and Justify at upcoming installments of its popular Library Lecture Series. On May 14, Jennifer Kelly will discuss her book, “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown.” Kelly, who is from Madison, Alabama, conducted extensive research...

Keeneland Library celebrating 80th anniversary with several exhibits and special events in 2019

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will present several exhibits and special events during the next few months, including the popular Library Lecture Series, to showcase its collection and programs. In 1939, the Library was established when Keeneland Trustee and Director William Arnold Hanger donated a 2,300-volume Turf collection of Robert James Turnbull....

Grand ‘Old Latonia’ Racecourse set records during glory days, credited with first $2 bet

The old Latonia Racecourse (Photo provided)   Amid the excitement of American Pharoah becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner at historic Belmont Park, James C. Claypool, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, took a quick look back at Latonia Racecourse in Covington, where Kentucky Derby and other champion horses once raced.   By James C. Claypool Special to KyForward   Affectionately...

Grand 'Old Latonia' Racecourse set records during glory days, credited with first $2 bet

The old Latonia Racecourse (Photo provided)   Amid the excitement of American Pharoah becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner at historic Belmont Park, James C. Claypool, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, took a quick look back at Latonia Racecourse in Covington, where Kentucky Derby and other champion horses once raced.   By James C. Claypool Special to KyForward   Affectionately...

Robert Treadway: In the 1948 Derby, Arcaro really did have the right Calumet mount

The night before the 1948 Kentucky Derby, Eddie Arcaro, set to ride Citation, worried that he’d been picked to ride the wrong half of Calumet Farm’s entry, and that stablemate Coaltown would carry off the victory.   “Eddie, you can sleep well tonight, because, and you can take this as gospel: Any horse Citation can see, he can catch. And he’s got perfect eyesight,” trainer Ben Jones...