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Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

KTO’s Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award goes to Bill Landes of Hermitage Farm

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners’ 2018 Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award doesn’t just honor the late founder of Oldham County’s Hermitage Farm. This year the prestigious award also recognizes Jones’ long-time chief lieutenant: Bill Landes, who has worked for Hermitage for 41 years, including almost a quarter-century as general manager. Landes is the featured honoree at the KTO’s...

Keeneland interactive tours offer 2,900 fifth-graders hands-on Thoroughbred industry experience

Keeneland will welcome nearly 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area public and private schools each day this week to participate in interactive tours designed to broaden their understanding of the immense historical, economic and cultural importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. Now in its eighth year, the program has given more than 20,000 fifth-grade students the opportunity to see...

Louisville Breeders’ Cup Festival announces lineup to celebrate horse racing’s world championships

In a downtown ceremony on Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer, city officials, business community leaders and the Louisville Breeders’ Cup Festival officially announced their lineup of events for Breeders’ Cup week. Fischer The Festival is a week-long community-wide celebration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, November 2-3 and it features enjoyable events and activities for...

Derby Museum resident thoroughbred Au Moon preparing to resume racing career

By Gavin Lapaille Special to KyForward   Former Kentucky Derby Museum resident thoroughbred Au Moon seemingly ended his racing career the way few others manage to do: on top.   In his most recent start, Au Moon beat the field at a distance of 1 1/16 on the dirt surface at Churchill Downs in September of 2014. The 8-year-old gelding’s owner, Tim Brown, thought a win would allow the horse...

Mascots at the Museum: Real race horses greet visitors to Kentucky Derby Museum

Au Moon left the Kentucky Derby Museum in early June to resume his racing career (Photos Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   For some horses, being a ham is part of their jobs. For others, it is their job.   For superstar American Pharoah, mugging for cameras is a sidelight to being a Triple Crown hero. For virtual unknown Risen Warrior, being...

Jon Carloftis builds new Southern Living Garden at Churchill Downs in time for Derby

Garden designer Jon Carloftis with a sculpture of Eight Belles, the filly who had to be put down on the 134th Derby day. (Photo from Jon Carloftis)   Staff report   Kentuckian and landscape artist Jon Carloftis has added his own bloom to this year’s Run for the Roses. He was asked by Southern Living Magazine to design and build a Southern Living Garden at Churchill Downs in time for...

Jon Carloftis builds new Southern Living Garden at Churchill Downs in time for Derby

Garden designer Jon Carloftis with a sculpture of Eight Belles, the filly who had to be put down on the 134th Derby day. (Photo from Jon Carloftis)   Staff report   Kentuckian and landscape artist Jon Carloftis has added his own bloom to this year’s Run for the Roses. He was asked by Southern Living Magazine to design and build a Southern Living Garden at Churchill Downs in time for...

Liane Crossley: Visitors love to get up close, personal to Derby winners like Mine That Bird

Derby winner Mine That Bird is flanked by his jockey Calvin Borel, left; his co-owner Mark Allen, center; and his trainer Chip Woolley, right. In the upcoming movie about the long shot’s Run for the Roses in 2009 – 50 to 1, actor Christian Kane portrays Allen and actor Skeet Ulrich portrays Woolley. (Photo from Derby Museum)   Visitors to the Kentucky Derby Museum expect to see history,...