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Gerry Dilger, 61, of Dromoland Farm, dies after cardiac arrest; funeral arrangements announced

Staff report Gerry Dilger, 61, a horseman’s horseman and founder of Dromoland Farm, died Wednesday at Baptist Health Hospital. He had been in ICU there since suffering cardiac arrest on Feb. 24. He is survived by his wife, Erin, and three children. A visitation will be held March 8 at Kerr Brothers, located at 3421 Harrodsburg Rd. in Lexington, from 4-8 p.m. ET. A funeral mass will take place...

Kentucky breeders receive $14.3 million through Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has announced the release of the 2019 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF), totaling more than $14.3 million. The incentive fund encourages Thoroughbred horse owners and breeders to conduct business in Kentucky, benefiting the state’s economy and ensuring horse racing remains one of Kentucky’s renowned industries. To qualify for the...

Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale yields brisk trade, solid results; sales totaled $42,480,500

The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which featured the dams of 2019 Eclipse Award finalists, graded stakes-caliber fillies and yearlings by exciting young sires, concluded Friday with healthy results that reflect a competitive market for quality individuals. Gross sales for the five-day auction, held Jan. 13-17, totaled $42,480,500 compared to $48,280,100 from the four-day sale last year...

New book offers detailed account of mysterious unsolved theft of famous thoroughbred Shergar

In 1981, Shergar won the Epsom Derby by ten lengths — the longest margin in the race’s history. After winning a total of six races, his owner, the Aga Khan IV, chose to syndicate Shergar at Ballymany Stud in Ireland for £10 million, a substantially lower sum than if he had syndicated in the United States. Two years later, just as his second stud season was about to begin, Shergar was stolen...

New endowment to support Transylvania University’s summer study abroad program in Ireland

Transylvania University has announced the creation of the Earle and Cathy O’Donnell Endowment for Irish Studies, which will provide financial assistance for the university’s students studying in Ireland during a new summer abroad program. The endowment is named after Earle O’Donnell, a graduate of Transy’s Class of 1971, and his wife Cathy. Earle O’Donnell is a retired attorney, having...

Keven Moore: Southwest Airlines no longer serving peanuts — and many allergy sufferers are grateful

As of the first of this month, Southwest Airlines stopped serving peanuts on all flights, abandoning the snack that has been nearly synonymous with the carrier since its inception back in 1967. The Dallas-based airline says it’s making the change “to help protect passengers who have severe peanut allergies.” Peanuts have always been the one snack perhaps most linked to the all-airline services....

Lexington celebrates Sister Cities relationships and 60th anniversary of Deauville, France, connection

Sixty years ago, Lexington began a special relationship with another thoroughbred community, this one over 4,000 miles away. Deauville, in the northwestern part of France, is known as the “queen of the Norman beaches,” and is one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in the country, often referred to as the Parisian Riviera. Since Lexington is not a seaside resort town, it was a mutual love for...