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Preparations in full swing for annual $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park on March 14

The road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) runs through Northern Kentucky on March 14 when Turfway Park hosts its annual Derby prep race, the $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3). The signature race is one of 12 races on the day, including six stakes races. As Jeff Ruby Steaks day is the highlight of Turfway’s racing season, so the VIP tent is the centerpiece of the day itself. Situated...

Kentucky nation’s top whiskey exporter; $33 billion in goods, services shipped abroad in 2019

As Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry continues to boom, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Commonwealth is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye, according to 2019 export reports. Beshear made the announcement while filling the 16th millionth barrel of Jim Beam at Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont Monday. “We are immensely proud of our signature...

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...

Lafayette High School students garner another invitation to Japan for 10 days this summer

The Japan International Cooperation Center has invited as many as 23 students from Lafayette High School to visit to Japan for 10 days this summer. Key expenses will be covered, such as airfare, hotels, most meals and admission fees. The student travel program, called the Kakehashi (Bridge) Project, aims to promote mutual trust and understanding and to build a foundation for future friendship and...

Trade groups to gather in Kentucky as Trump’s tariffs threaten risky business for the whiskey business

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Whiskey trade groups from around the world will converge on the birthplace of bourbon this week to discuss their concerns about a possible global trade war being stoked by the Trump administration. Tariffs have already been imposed on bourbon in some overseas markets and, according to Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers Association, they’re...

Keven Moore: The pedestrian scramble — be sure to look both ways before crossing with the crowd

Last fall, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the implementation of Lexington’s first all-way pedestrian crosswalk, also known as a “pedestrian scramble” at the intersection of Prall Street and South Limestone. When I first read about this...

Bevin to meet with Japanese, South Korean manufacturing leaders during Asian trade mission

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin is leading an economic development and trade mission to Japan and the Republic of Korea. He will be joined by Economic Development Cabinet officials to promote Kentucky in meetings with leaders of Japanese and South Korean manufacturing, service and technology companies to strengthen ties and encourage international investment along with job creation in Kentucky. Gov....

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...

Kentucky delegation headed by Bevin headed to Japan for economic development, trade mission

Gov. Matt Bevin will lead an economic development and trade mission to Japan over the coming days, joined by other state and local officials, to meet with executives, strengthen ties and encourage international investment and job creation in Kentucky. Bevin, Secretary Terry Gill of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and other members of the delegation will promote Kentucky in meetings with...