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Undefeated Derby Winner Prompts Triple Crown Talk

May 11, 2016

Last year’s Triple Crown success of American Pharoah could cause increased interest in Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist’s chance of doing the same. 

Nyquist will enter the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, undefeated.  Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director Chauncey Morris says trainers can be “hyper competitive” and learn from each other,  “If they have a good horse, every trainer is going to look at the career trajectory of American Pharoah and see exactly how Mr. Baffert did it and try to recreate that with their own special horse.”

Charles Bertram

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The winner of the 142nd Kentucky Derby was the favorite Nyquist. Racing against 19 other horses Nyquist finished in front of Exaggerator. At 8-0 Nyquist is the eighth unbeaten horse to win the Derby.  

Nyquist was ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O'Neill.

The race was run in good conditions after a heavy rainfall about an hour before the race. It was seen by the second largest crowd ever at Churchill Downs, around 167,000.

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Olympics Focus at ‘Three Day Event’

Apr 28, 2016

The Kentucky Horse Park is again hosting thousands of equestrian competitors and fans.  The 36th Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event runs through Sunday.  Event Spokesman Marty Bauman says the focus on dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping is even more keen this spring.  “And this year being an Olympic year we have added importance because this event will help determine which horses and riders will ride on the U.S. team at the Olympic Games at Rio this summer.”

Baffert Pulls 'Cupid' From Ky. Derby

Apr 18, 2016

Trainer Bob Baffert says Kentucky Derby contender Cupid has a breathing problem and won't be entered in the Derby field. 

Baffert's decision came two days after Cupid finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. 
Cupid came out of the race with an entrapped epiglottis, and Baffert says the gray colt would have surgery to clear the breathing passageway. 
The issue is not considered serious. Baffert said Cupid "should be OK in a week" and would be under consideration for the Preakness on May 21. 

Post Positions Drawn for Bluegrass, Ashland Stakes

Apr 5, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The 2016 spring meet at Keeneland opens this weekend with two high profile races. Post positions were drawn Tuesday for the Bluegrass and Ashland Stakes. John Servis is the trainer for horse Cathryn Sophia in the $500,000 Ashland Stakes this Saturday, “If she can get the job done here then I think that will certainly give her a lot more confidence going into the Oaks. It will give me a lot more too, I can tell you that.”  

EKU Announces Plans for Football Stadium Upgrades

Mar 30, 2016

Work is expected to begin this summer on a $10 million upgrade to Eastern Kentucky University’s Roy Kidd Football Stadium.  In addition to 3,000 new bleacher seats, the facility will also feature a new locker room, equipment room and game day training area.  EKU Deputy Athletics Director Matt Roan says total capacity will be about 15,000.  “It’s one thing to have a stadium that holds 40,000 people, but it’s a quarter of the way full," Roan said.

EKU Stays Undefeated at Home

Dec 29, 2015

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team kept its perfect home record intact with a win over Manhattan Tuesday.  It came in part because of a quick Colonel start to the game.

EKU Men Lose-EKU Women Win-WKU Takes Bowl

Dec 22, 2015

    The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels have found playing on the road a tough task so far this season.  The men’s team fell to one and six away from home following an 84 to 59 loss to West Virginia Monday Night.  It was a better day for the EKU women’s team and the Western Kentucky football team.

EKU led early in its game with the mountaineers of the Big 12 conference.  But, a 40 to eight run for West Virginia to close out the first half was something Eastern could never recover from in the second half. 

WKU Women Top EKU in Re-Newed Rivalry

Dec 16, 2015
EKU Athletics


The renewed in-state rivalry between Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University has resulted in victories for the Hilltoppers in both men’s and women’s basketball.  The Lady Tops bested the Lady Colonels last night in Bowling Green 76 to 60.

It was a game in which EKU battled back to come from behind, but not far enough.  The Lady Colonels got within two at ten to eight, but then Western scored ten straight points and lead by 14 at the half.  In the second half, EKU kept coming, but couldn’t draw closer than ten points behind. 

New EKU Football Coach Praises Colonel Program

Dec 10, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s new football coach is expressing appreciation for what he calls a ‘storied program.’  Former University of Tennessee tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Mark Elder was introduced Thursday afternoon on the Richmond campus.  “I am humbled to walk the same path as some unbelievable coaches that have been here at Eastern Kentucky before,” said Elder.

EKU Falls to UK in Rupp

Dec 9, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky met for the 12th time on the basketball court last night.  And, for the 12th time, the Wildcats came out the victor.

UK jumped out to a sizeable 12 to 2 lead early in the game.  Eastern fought back to close within one at just under 14 minutes in the first half before trailing by 14 at the break.  The Colonels would whittle the Wildcat lead down to six in the second half but a big burst of scoring by Kentucky down the stretch made the final score 88 to 67. 

EKU and UK Meet in Rupp Tonight

Dec 9, 2015


Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky will meet on the basketball court tonight.  It’s the 12th meeting for the Colonels and the Wildcats. UK comes into the game again as a heavy favorite.

EKU travels to Rupp Arena sporting a seven and two record.  UK is seven and one, coming off a ten point loss to UCLA.  The Colonels are ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense and in field goal percentage.  The Wildcats, with another strong freshman class, were ranked first nationally before losing last week. 

UT Special Teams Coordinator Named as EKU's New Head Coach

Dec 8, 2015


Eastern Kentucky University has hired a new head football coach.  The new Colonel Coach comes from the University of Tennessee.

EKU will formally introduce Mark Elder as its new football coach on Thursday.  Elder has served as UT’s tight end coach and special teams coordinator since 2013.  He comes to Richmond as the 14th head coach in program history. Dean Hood was relieved as coach of Eastern in late November after eight years at the helm. 

WKU Takes the Battle of the Bluegrass Against Eastern

Dec 2, 2015

Last night's matchup between Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University had all the drama of a cross state rivalry game. When the last second shot fell, it was the Hilltoppers who celebrated.

Western Kentucky University handed Eastern Kentucky University a gut wrenching 86-84 loss in Diddle Arena.  It was the 13th straight victory for WKU in a renewal of the in state battle. 

EKU-WKU Renew Basketball Rivalry Tonight

Dec 1, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University will tangle on the basketball court Tuesday. This marks the 156th time the Colonels have battled the Hilltoppers.

Not only does Western have 112 wins over Eastern in men’s basketball, but WKU has also won the last dozen matchups.  The last time the Colonels one-upped the Hilltoppers was a two point victory in 1987 during the coach Max Good era. 

EKU Beats Thomas More in Rare Afternoon Weekday Contest

Nov 25, 2015


In a rare mid week afternoon game, the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels took to the hardwood. EKU proved too strong for Thomas More College.

Eclipsing the 100 point mark for the third time this season, Eastern defeated Thomas More 101 to 67 at McBrayer Arena. Freshman big man Nick Mayo led Colonel scoring with 21 points as EKU picked up its fourth straight win. Thomas More fell to one and two. Eastern concludes a stretch of five home games Saturday afternoon. in taking on Southern Utah.

EKU Dismisses Football Coach Dean Hood

Nov 23, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University has relieved Dean Hood of his duties as head football coach, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced Monday.

“I want to thank Dean for his service to Eastern Kentucky University,” Lochmueller said.  “These decisions are never taken lightly.  After a careful review of our football program, I feel a change in leadership is needed.”   

Hood compiled a record of 55-38 in eight seasons as head coach.  The 2015 squad finished 6-5 and in fourth place in the OVC with a 5-3 mark.

EKU Opens Regular Season at Home Against Coppin State

Nov 13, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team is hosting Coppin State Friday in its regular season opener.  

It’s a brand new season with a new coach.

Keeneland Kicks Off November Sale

Nov 2, 2015

Keeneland racecourse in Lexington took center stage over the weekend for the 32nd Breeders Cup Championships.  Now the historic track remains in the limelight with the launch of the November Breeding Stock Sale.  Keeneland Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the event is likely to keep some Breeders Cup attendees in town for a little longer.  “We sell broodmares, weanlings, stallion prospects, horses of racing age," she said. "It’s the premiere sale of its kind in the world and a lot of the owners and trainers that are here for Breeders Cup will also attend this sale.”


Reporters and photographers from around the world came to Keeneland last week.  Among them was Ron Flatter. Flatter is a freelance radio reporter from California, who currently lives in New York, and works for Australia’s Racing and Sport Network. 

Breeders Cup at Keeneland Doesn’t Disappoint

Nov 1, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


For horse racing fans in Kentucky and elsewhere, this year’s Breeders Cup Championships came off just as advertised.  American Pharoah made one more historic run.

The traditional bugle call only further hyped up a huge Keeneland crowd.  Moments later, spectators saw the Triple Crown winner set a track record, pull away down the stretch and take the Breeders Cup Classic in record time.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — American Pharoah is going out on top.


The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years gave a commanding performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic, pulling away down the stretch to win the final race of his career.

Jockey Victor Espinoza sent American Pharoah to the lead coming out of the gate and guided him to the wire-to-wire win over the mile and a quarter at Keeneland. His time of 2:00.07 set a track record.

Effinex finished second by 6 1/2 lengths and Honor Code was third.


Saturday afternoon in Lexington, a thoroughbred champion will run in his final race.

For many people, American Pharoah has already accomplished a feat previously unseen in their lifetime: The thoroughbred is the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. On Saturday, he could take an unprecedented leap into the history books by winning the Breeders Cup Classic.

Fans Come From All Over for Keeneland Breeders Cup

Oct 30, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Racing fans came out in large numbers Friday for the first four races in 2015’s end-of-year championships.  Among them was Bud Ferguson from Lombard Illinois, just outside Chicago.  He won in an earlier race and told WEKU’S Stu Johnson he expects an upset in Saturday’s final race, the Breeder’s Cup Classic.

“Do you think American Pharoah’s gonna do it?,” asked Johnson.

“No, I think this Irish colt, Glenn Eagles, trained by Aidan O’Brian and ridden by Ryan Moore.  He’s number one in Europe. I think he’s gonna take it,” said Ferguson.

Eastern Travels to #1 Jacksonville State Saturday

Oct 30, 2015

With the top spot in the Ohio Valley Conference on the line, Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday takes on number one Jacksonville State University.  Both teams are 4-0 in the league. During this week’s OVC teleconference, EKU Coach Dean Hood said the Gamecocks are solid in every aspect of the game.  “No question they’re the number one team in the nation and deserved so," Hood said. "I thought a year ago when we played them that they were the best FCS football team we’ve ever played.” 

Champion Beholder Pulled From Breeders’ Cup Classic

Oct 29, 2015

Beholder, considered to be one of American Pharoah’s biggest challengers for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been pulled from the race.  The news comes just two days before the high profile race at Keeneland. 

All Systems are Go for First Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 29, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Lexington’s Keeneland Racecourse was chosen almost a year ago to host this year’s Breeders Cup World Championships. Since then, the track and the city have worked to prepare for what’s expected to be a record setting crowd in the bluegrass for thoroughbred   racing’s end of season highlight event.   

Security for Breeders Cup Includes Barn Cameras, Bag Checks

Oct 28, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Safety and security for people and horses is a major concern for officials of this weekend’s Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland.  The additional security measures may require a little more patience from attendees.

200 Horses Pre-Entered for Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 21, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    A Triple Crown winner and a two-time Breeders Cup champion mare are among the 200 horses pre-entered for next weekend’s event at Keeneland.  Details for horses, riders, trainers, and fans are being finalized this week.

Fundraising Underway for Roy Kidd Statue at EKU

Oct 20, 2015

A fundraising effort is underway to honor an Eastern Kentucky University legendary football coach.  The university plans to erect a bronze statue at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Roy Kidd, a Corbin native, retired in 2002 with 315 wins including two national championships.  EKU Board of Regents Vice Chair Ernie House played quarterback for the Colonels under coach Kidd in the 70’s.   “It allows players and coaches to participate," said House. "People, that he had an impact on their lives, it allows them to get involved."