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Keeneland, Maker’s Mark partner to help disabled jockeys fund with commemorative bottle

Keeneland and Maker’s Mark have a rich history of working hand-in-hand to benefit the community and the horse industry. This year is no exception as the two iconic Kentucky brands have announced the 2020 Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle, with all proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys...

EKU Athletics Hall of Fame 2019 induction class to be enshrined on Sept. 28; Bugg, Ison among five inductees

The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2019 induction class will be enshrined inside the Perkins Building on Sept. 28. The 2019 induction class includes: Patrick Bugg (football, 2003-06), Jack Ison (football, 1967-96), Lisa Malloy (track/cross country, 1987-92), Don Richardson (baseball, 1952-54, 1957), and Mike Smith (basketball, 1988-92). The activities begin with a luncheon at noon....

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach to scratch with an entrapped epiglottis; Bodexpress draws in

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach will be scratched from Saturday’s 145th renewal due to an entrapped epiglottis, according to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. Omaha Beach (Photo courtesy Coady Photography/ Oaklawn Park) “After training this morning we noticed him cough a few times,” Mandella said. “It caused us to scope him and we found an entrapped epiglottis. We can’t fix it this...

TVG, Jockeys’ Guild announce telethon For Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Sunday

Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7, as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America’s Horse Racing Network. Last year was a great success with nearly $230,000 raised. “2018 was an amazing success and we’re looking forward to beating that total” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG. “The recent...

Justify’s Triple Crown voted NTRA Moment of the Year, connections to be honored at Eclipse Awards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced thatJustify’s dominant victory in the 150th Belmont Stakes to become just the 13th Triple Crown winner has been voted the 2018 NTRA Moment of the Year based on the results of 2,260 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll. Jockey Mike Smith raises his arms to the heavens as he guides Justify to the Winner’s Circle following his...

Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing; connections disappointed, but thankful

KyForward staff Undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify has been retired from racing. The announcement came Wednesday. Justify crosses the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the Kentucky Derby and begin his successful pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The undefeated colt was retired from racing Wednesday (Photo by Mark Hansel). “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just...

Justify unanimous choice in final 2018 NTRA top 3-year-old, thoroughbred for all ages polls

The unbeaten chestnut colt Justify, whose 16-week epic journey from unraced maiden to Triple Crown winner has expanded the conventional thinking as to a Thoroughbred racehorse’s capabilities, was a unanimous choice atop the year’s final NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography) Trained by Bob Baffert for owners China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing, and Head...

Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and captures the Triple Crown, cementing Mike Smith’s legacy

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify took the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park Saturday, securing U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and giving Hall-of-Fame jockey Mike Smith one of the few prizes that had eluded him in his illustrious career. The backdrop for Justify’s win in the Belmont Saturday was much different from his win in the slop five weeks...

Triple Crown on the line as undefeated Justify faces nine in Belmont; here is a breakdown of the field

By Liane Crossley Special to NKy Tribune Three years ago, thoughts of a Triple Crown seemed virtually impossible after nearly four decades without a winner, but American Pharoah proved the dream could become reality. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography)  Now Justify stands ready to join the elite 12 Triple Crown winners or add his name to a long list of Thoroughbreds who won two of the three...

Justify delivers stirring victory as the favorite in rain-soaked 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify did not disappoint as the favorite in the 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, sloshing though the slop to score an impressive win in the most exciting two minutes in sports. Jockey Mike Smith raise his arms to the heavens as he guides Justify to the Winner’s Circle following his victory in the 144th Kentucky Derby (photos by Mark Hansel). Justify...

With Kentucky Derby on the horizon, Justify takes over top spot in NTRA Top 3-year-old pool

With the Kentucky Derby less than a month away, undefeated Justify has taken over the top spot in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll and will likely be favored in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve after winning Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) by three lengths over Bolt d’Oro, who had topped the NTRA Top-3-Year-Old Poll for its first 10 weeks. The lightly raced...

Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund, TVG team up for first-ever telethon to support injured riders

The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) has announced its first telethon on Sunday, April 8, live on the TVG Network, in association with Betfair. “We are excited to be working with the Jockeys’ Guild to raise money and awareness for this important cause,” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG. “The recent death of Jose Flores is a tragic reminder of the risks jockeys take every time someone gives...

For 50 years now, Donovan program, Osher Institute make sure ‘curiosity never retires’

Participants at an OLLI event in Morehead (Photo from UKNow)   By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward   Irene Elam is a busy 84-year-old. Every weekday, she works form 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. managing rental properties in her hometown of Morehead. She sees her friends, goes to church and reads two books a week. But of some of her favorite activities are the classes provided in her community by the...