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For the second time in three years, Thoroughbred horse racing trainer Bob Baffert has his eyes set on the Triple Crown.  Justify, held off the charging horses from behind Saturday in capturing the Preakness in Baltimore.  Now, it’s on to the Belmont on June ninth. 

Kentucky Thorougbred Association Director Chauncey Morris says Baffert does have a bit of history on his side. “One trainer, if they’ve done it, there is a chance that they could do it again.  Mr. Baffert is certainly a brilliant trainer,” said Morris.


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The Kentucky Derby victory of Justify keeps his unblemished winning record intact and generates discussion about a possible Triple Crown title. 

Meanwhile, Hermitage Farm situated just outside of Louisville, sold its first yearling at public auction in 1937. Bill Landes began his career at Hermitage 40 years later and has been there for more than four decades.  

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It’s all conjecture at this point.  Trying to predict what will happen at Churchill Downs Saturday in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.  As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, some of the focus of Thursday’s Lexington Rotary Club meeting went beyond this weekend’s race.

As tradition has it, the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby finds the president of Keeneland at the Rotary Club podium.  So it was for Bill Thomason. 

Stu Johnson

The April tradition that is the Keeneland Spring Meet starts this weekend in Lexington.  It may begin under brisk, if not downright, chilly conditions.

EKU New Men's Basketball Coach Introduced

Mar 28, 2018
Stu Johnson

A formal introduction came Wednesday afternoon for Eastern Kentucky University’s new men’s head basketball coach A.W. Hamilton.  The Scott County native comes to Richmond following the dismissal of Dan McHale. 

Kentucky Distilled: What's Up With The State Budget?

Mar 2, 2018

This week in Frankfort, the state House of Representatives dropped its version of the budget, which scaled back some of the cuts proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin. Lawmakers are more than two-thirds the way through this year’s legislative session and talk of tax reform has resurfaced, and it’s still unclear how some major issues will shake out. 

EKU Men's Head Basketball Coach Dan McHale Let Go

Feb 26, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Dan McHale has been let go.  Word of his termination as head coach came Monday from Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller. McHale just completed his third year at EKU, compiling a 38 and 55 record with an 11 and 20 mark this season. 

McHale spoke with Eastern play-by-play announcer Greg Stotelmyer following Saturday’s season ending loss at Morehead.

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Widely circulated reports online today cite one current and two former University of Kentucky basketball players as part of the ongoing FBI investigation.  A Yahoo Sports report today included information from documents and bank records.

UK Junior Grant Smith of Cincinnati is not overly concerned.  “I don’t think they are too serious.  I think the Kevin Knox thing is just over a meal and that can be paid back.  So that’s no problem,” said Smith.  “I don’t know about any of the other allegations.

For the first time in program history, the Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team will run this weekend in the NCAA National Championships. 

EKU Basketball Colonels Take on SEC's Ole Miss

Nov 13, 2017
Stu Johnson

Fresh off a come-from-behind win Friday in Texas, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team faces a taller task Monday night in Mississippi. 

EKU sports fans lady weekend experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team has been projected to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. 

Pre-season rankings and player recognitions came Tuesday during the conference Media Day event.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We apologize for the error in the original headline for this story, mis-identifying Jacksonville State University as "Jackson State." (JEH 10/18/17)

Athletics Departments at Eastern Kentucky University and Jacksonville State are both apologizing for a weekend halftime incident during the football game in Alabama. 

It involved EKU football players and JSU band members.

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The start of the 2017 fall meet at Keeneland also signals the beginning of a new social media service to offer pre-race betting advice.  Racing at the historic Lexington track begins Friday and runs through October 28th.

Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach's attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal today that Louisville has "effectively fired" Pitino.

Keeneland Officials Pleased With Yearling Sales

Sep 26, 2017

Keeneland officials are hailing the 12-day September yearling sale as a major success. 

The globally-recognized fall bidding brought prices not seen in almost a decade.

Statue Honors Former EKU Football Coach Roy Kidd

Sep 25, 2017
Stu Johnson

A bronze likeness of the man who helped create a football tradition at Eastern Kentucky University now overlooks the field in the stadium that bears his name. 

The statue of former EKU Coach Roy Kidd was unveiled Saturday.

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Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat has died at the age of 95. Chenery passed away Saturday in Boulder Colorado following complications from a stroke.

Fall Yearling Sale Getting Underway at Keeneland

Sep 11, 2017

For almost three-quarters of a century Keeneland has been auctioning off horses in the fall. 

The September yearling sales is regarded globally as the premiere sales event.

EKU Football Colonels Face UK

Sep 8, 2017

For the second time in two years, but only the fifth time ever, Eastern Kentucky University battles the University of Kentucky on the football field. 

The two teams, separated by just 27 miles, meet up Saturday in Lexington.

Richmond will once again host Kentucky’s All A basketball tournament next year.  

The five-day competition the last week of January focusing on small high schools will be held at Eastern Kentucky University. 


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The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels face tough challenges in opening the 2017 football season. 

Games against two in-state schools are first and second on this fall’s schedule.

Transylvania University is the first school in Kentucky to offer women’s collegiate triathlon as a varsity sport. 

Transy Vice President and Athletics Director Holly Sheilley says it’s an emerging NCAA sport made possible with a $70,000 grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation.

Red Mile Track Open for 143rd Year of Racing

Jul 28, 2017
Stu Johnson

It’s year 143 for Lexington’s historic Red Mile harness race track. 

A leader in the horsemen’s organization sees continued growth in purses and race dates.

The Eastern Kentucky University football team is picked preseason to finish fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

The rankings emerged during this week's annual OVC media day in Nashville.

EKU Football to Benefit From Largest Gift Ever

Jul 16, 2017

A member of an Eastern Kentucky University championship team a half century ago has made the largest single gift commitment ever to the school’s football program.

The $250,000 will go to help equip an expansion at Roy Kidd Stadium. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced he is suing Gov. Matt Bevin over a recent executive order that reorganized several education boards.

The announcement comes after the attorney general previously threatened to sue Bevin over the actions and after the governor changed his executive order late last week.

Beshear said that despite Bevin’s changes, “there are still significant constitutional and legal violations.”

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The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes is this Saturday.  Twelve horses will compete for the third leg of this year’s Triple Crown series.  


WEKU’s Stu Johnson has been wondering, “What will the horses be thinking in the gate, at the quarter, and down the stretch?”  

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Competitors from as far away as Washington state, Minnesota, and Massachusetts faced steamy Bluegrass conditions over the weekend as they battled in the Ultimate National Championships. College division three ultimate disc title winners were decided at the Kentucky Horse Park.


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Flying discs will fill the air in high numbers this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park’s polo fields. 

Some 750 players from across the country will gather for the national Division three College Ultimate Championships.

The University of Kentucky's newly renamed Kroger Field will host high school state championship football games in 2017 and 2018.

The school and the KHSAA on Wednesday announced the Gridiron Bowl's move from Western Kentucky's Houchens Stadium in Bowling Green after eight years. The early-December games for six classifications will be played on the Wildcats' 61,000-seat home field for the first time since 1976. Lexington was the finals' original home, with contests at Stoll Field from 1959-66 and 1968-72.

Also, Kentucky's girls' Sweet 16 basketball tournament will return to Northern Kentucky's BB&T Arena next year before moving to Lexington's Rupp Arena for 2019 and 2020.