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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
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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
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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
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    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."

Keeneland is Home Base for Auburn Football Fans

Oct 15, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

October in central Kentucky is a time for falling leaves and festivals.  It’s also a season for college football and horse racing.  A group of Auburn football fans are getting a dose of both this week.  Keeneland is offering RV parking for out of town Tiger supporters.  Charles McIntyre made the trip to Lexington from Titis Alabama.  “We have been to the races.  Our first horse race ever.  This is the most amazing place we’ve ever been to,”  said McIntyre.

EKU Football Moves to Georgetown Due to Security Threat

Oct 8, 2015

A security threat on the Eastern Kentucky University campus has prompted officials to move Thursday's football game to Georgetown College. 

EKU says the decision was due to an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti on campus that threatened to "kill all" this week.

The venue change comes following an emotional loss to the University of Kentucky on Saturday. During this week’s OVC teleconference, EKU Head Coach Dean Hood said senior cornerback Stanley Absanon held his own against UK. 

EKU Benefits from Game with UK go Beyond On the Field Play

Oct 5, 2015

As the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels prepare for an OVC matchup on Thursday, they are sure to still be talking about Saturday’s game in Lexington.  After leading by two touchdowns in the last quarter, EKU saw the University of Kentucky do just enough to win 34 to 27 in overtime. 

Prep for Contest Against UK Proves Difficult for EKU Team

Oct 2, 2015

It’s been a tough week for Eastern Kentucky University’s football team.  As players and coaches have prepared to face the University of Kentucky, they’ve also been grieving over the loss of redshirt defensive lineman Joey Kraemer.  He was killed in a car crash last weekend.  During the OVC teleconference this week, EKU Head Coach Dean Hood said he’s made a point to remind his players and staff that there are more important things in life than football.  “I think we’re psychotic in this culture with the value we place on sports and the devalue we place on other things that are really, reall

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The Eastern Kentucky University football team is mourning the loss off one of its members.  19 year old Joey Kraemer, a redshirt defensive lineman, died over the weekend after his SUV struck a tree off Tates Creek Road in Madison County.

EKU Football Players Dies in Weekend SUV Crash

Sep 28, 2015


The Eastern Kentucky University community is mourning the loss of a student-athlete.  19 year old Joey Kraemer died in a weekend crash in Madison County.

Joey Kraemer, an EKU redshirt freshman football player, was killed after his SUV left Tates Creek Road and struck a tree.  Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison says, judging from the damage to the vehicle, speed was definitely a factor in the crash. 

Lexington Organization Forms Paralympic Sport Club

Sep 15, 2015
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Central and eastern Kentuckians with disabilities now have a clearer path to compete in Olympic events.  Lexington based Independence Place has partnered with a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee to form the Paralympic Sport Club of Central Kentucky. Independence Place Director David Wickstrom says striving to compete at such a high level relates to an overall goal of reducing obesity among people with disabilities.  “What this does is give you an avenue to create networks, natural networks, and then also to be active," said Wickstrom.

Yearling Sale Opens at Keeneland With an Eye on Breeders Cup

Sep 14, 2015

Keeneland’s Yearling Sale is regarded as the primary barometer of the state of the Thoroughbred Industry.  The annual two week auction begins Monday.

Big name trainers like Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher will be eyeing yearlings.  Keeneland’s Amy Gregory says the sale comes as a preview to October’s Breeders Cup.  “You see a lot of horses that were sold at Keeneland during the September sales in particular, sold as yearlings, that are now gonna race in the Breeders Cup when it comes back to Keeneland this fall,” said Gregory.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will likely be in Lexington next month to compete in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.  Following a loss in the Traverse Stakes at Saratoga, owner Ahmed  Zayat  talked about retiring the horse.  Now, he is pointing American Pharoah to racing at the Breeders' Cup.  Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Chauncey Morris admits there are few certainties in racing.  “Two months provides a bit of time on tuning up the horse, but then, also horses are living, breathing creatures," said Morris.

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Eastern Kentucky University and Valparaiso will meet on the football field Thursday for the first time since 1947. 

Conference affiliation has been a hot topic in and around Richmond during the off season. A great deal of discussion surrounded Eastern’s interest in moving up a level to the Football Bowl Subdivision. Officials with the Sun Belt Conference announced this week they've selected Coastal Carolina to fill an open spot in their Division one league.  

Beer to Be Sold At Select EKU Football Games

Aug 21, 2015

Beer will be sold for the first time this season at select home Eastern Kentucky University football games. School officials say the decision to do so came after lengthy consideration. 

EKU Football Begins Preseason Camp

Aug 4, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team reports to campus Tuesday and will have its first preseason practice on Wednesday.

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One of Kentucky's best known bourbon makers is teaming up with one of the highest profile horse racing events in the country to raise money for charity.  The first of three charity events will occur the day before this fall's much anticipated Breeders Cup at Keeneland.

EKU Places Second in Preseason Football Poll

Jul 17, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s football Colonels have been tabbed to finish second in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference race.  The ranking is certainly partly based on a returning EKU runner.

EKU Continues Effort to Move to Higher Athletic Division

Jun 25, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University officials have plans to move into a higher athletic division. EKU Board of Regents Chair Craig Turner says the goal is to move up to the Football Bowl Series. He says whether or not it happens this year is not the issue.  "I think the message is that we're elevating our athletic program, our expectations are higher and we assume we'll also have better results,” says Turner. “The more branding we can do for the university, this is just one of the other mechanisms to keep the university in the forefront."