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11:31am

Wed November 27, 2013
Sports

Skiing Weather Moves Into West Virginia

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Snow is arriving in West Virginia just in time for the opening of the state's ski season. Snowshoe Mountain is opening its 40th season Wednesday with at least three lifts and about 10 trails in operation. Winterplace Ski Resort announced Wednesday that it's opening on Friday, two weeks earlier than planned, because of natural snow and good snowmaking conditions.

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4:16pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Sports

Another Record Setter at Keeneland

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The racing fans keep coming to Lexington’s historic Keeneland track.  The just completed fall meeting was another record breaker. Keeneland set attendance records for the fourth consecutive race meet.  On-track fans totaled more than 266 thousand, a two and a half percent increase over a year ago.  Average daily attendance was up by the same amount.

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10:00pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Sports

Borel Suffers Broken Leg in Fall at Keeneland Race

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Hall of fame jockey Calvin Borel is recovering  after a serious spill during an afternoon race at Keeneland Wednesday.  The Lexington-Herald Leader reports the 46 year old rider suffered a broken leg after being thrown off ‘Sonic Dancer’ in the sixth race at the Lexington track.  Borel was also displaying symptoms of a concussion. 

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5:31pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Sports

Jockey Calvin Borel Injured During a Race at Keeneland

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Veteran jockey Calvin Borel has been injured during a race this afternoon at Keeneland.  The outgoing rider was unseated from Sonic Dancer shortly after the start of the sixth race Wednesday.  Keeneland Medical Director Barry Schuman released a statement.  In it, he said Borel was “stable, somewhat alert and suffering the effects of a sports concussion.  He was complaining of pain in his left leg but he was able to move it. He was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for further evaluation.”

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4:59pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Sports

E-K-U Coaches Say Team's Personality is Evident

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Good sound comradery can go a long way to help achieve success on the basketball court.  Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer says it’s one of the strengths of this year’s squad.

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10:33pm

Tue October 22, 2013
Sports

E-K-U Men's Basketball Team Picked to Win the East

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The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels are being picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference East Division this basketball season.  The men’s team returns four starters and 13 overall from a squad which won a school record 25 games a year ago.  Guards Glenn Cosey and Corey Walden were selected to the preseason All-OVC team.  Southeast Missouri and Murray State tied for the top spot in the west division. 

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4:15pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Sports

New App, Expanded Tailgating For Keeneland's Fall Meet

Racing at Keeneland last spring.
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Jockeys at Keeneland may be in high demand.  The fall meet opens Friday afternoon at the Lexington race track.  And, riders will likely spend the next couple weeks signing a lot of autographs.


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2:37pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Sports

Keeneland's Bugler Called Into Retirement

Keeneland bugler Bucky Sallee.
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A new bugler will now call the horses to post at Keeneland.  Horse racing icon Bucky Sallee is going into semi-retirement.  Sallee has sounded the call to post at Keeneland for over 50 years.    Beginning in the 1950s, Hee performed with local jazz groups in the Lexington area….and performed with artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Daniels and Fats Domino.  


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6:47pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Sports

Top Ranked Cardinals Face Colonels of EKU

EKU head football coach Dean Hood
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Many of Kentucky’s college football pundits would probably say the EKU Colonels face their toughest opponent just one game into this season.  EKU heads west down I-64 to take on number-eight University of Louisville.  If the Colonels can keep the ball in their hands , there would be less time on the field for the high octane Cardinal offense.  Eastern Head Coach Dean Hood says his Colonels aren’t about to start any ‘hurry up’ strategies.


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3:05pm

Wed August 28, 2013
Sports

Football Season Opener First Game Ever Between EKU And Robert Morris

Roy Kidd Stadium hosts a rare Thursday evening season opener.
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For the first time in school history, Eastern Kentucky University and Robert Morris University meet on the football field.  It also comes with a rare Thursday night kickoff. The EKU Colonels open their season against the Colonials of  the Northeast Conference.  Robert Morris is coached by Joe Walton, who’s in his 20th season at the Pittsburgh school.  Eastern Head Coach Dean Hood says Robert Morris looks like a physical team that never backs down.

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4:29pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Sports

EKU Athletics Adds Million Dollar Scoreboards

The new video board will debut on Thursday, Aug. 29 in EKU's home opener against Robert Morris.
Credit Eastern Kentucky University

New video display boards at Eastern Kentucky University football, basketball, and volleyball games could catch the eye of potential recruits.  Plus, the LED video displays will also enhance university functions such as graduation ceremonies.  EKU Athletics Director Mark Sandy says it’s a first for Richmond’s Alumni Coliseum.

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10:23am

Wed July 31, 2013
Sports

Churchill Downs Expansion Plans Approved By Company's Board

Artist rendering of proposed additions.
Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs is planning to add nearly 2,400 seats and a VIP hospitality lounge as part of a $14.5 million project at the home of the Kentucky Derby. The Grandstand Terrace project was approved this week by the board of the racetrack's parent company.

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10:43am

Thu July 25, 2013
Sports

Expansion Proposed At The Home Of The Kentucky Derby

The home of the Kentucky Derby is planning another round of renovations that would add more seating at Churchill Downs racetrack. Churchill Downs Inc., owner of its namesake track, has filed plans with Louisville planning officials for a project called Churchill Downs Rooftop Garden. It continues the company's strategy to maximize revenues from the track's premier events — the Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

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6:00am

Thu July 18, 2013
Sports

Bluegrass State Games Staging Over 30 Amateur Sporting Events

Volleyball is played this weekend on the grass at the UK Club Fields and Cricket Pitch.
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Some six thousand participants could be in central Kentucky for this weekend’s Bluegrass State Games.  This is the 29th year for the statewide amateur competition.  Bluegrass Sports Commission Director Terry Johnson says last year competitors came from 99 of 120 Kentucky counties.

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4:35pm

Wed July 17, 2013
Sports

Corky Miller Settles Into Role as Teacher, Mentor for Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds

Louisville Bat Catcher Corky Miller
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Tonight  in Reno, Nevada, baseball’s top minor league players will compete in the Triple-A All Star Game.   Two members of the Louisville Bats, pitcher Greg Reynolds and outfielder Billy Hamilton, are on the International League roster.   They’ll take on the all-stars of the Pacific Coast League. He's not putting up all-star numbers, but players and management alike in Louisville and with the Bats' parent club Cincinnati Reds give 37 year old catcher Corky Miller a lot of credit for helping his teammates, especially pitchers, reach their potential.    Read more...

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10:29pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Sports

Plans Call for UK Basketball Right Through Construction

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More details in a massive effort to rebuild an iconic basketball arena in Lexington have fallen into place.  But, a plan for funding the project, which also includes a new convention center, remains unclear.

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2:21pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Sports

Keeneland Grads join the field for Saturday's Belmont Stakes

Kentucky-owned Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby, is 3-1 favorite in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
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Seven thoroughbreds sold at Keeneland, including Preakness winner ‘Oxbow,’ are entered in this Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.  In fact, half the field at Belmont passed through the auction ring at Keeneland.  Jim Goodman, who directs mutuals and simulcasting at the Lexington track, says many Triple-Crown contenders are sold there in September.

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9:50am

Sun May 19, 2013
Sports

Inside post derails Orb in pressure-packed Preakness

Orb, winning the Kentucky Derby.
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BALTIMORE — The worst part wasn't so much that Shug McGaughey was disappointed for himself that Orb didn't win the Preakness. The worst part was the disappointment he felt for all those who wanted Orb to win the Preakness. "I felt the pressure because of that," said the trainer, standing on the Pimlico dirt track where just moments before his Kentucky Derby winner had finished a surprising fourth in the second leg of the Triple Crown. "I'm disappointed for them." Read more...

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9:03am

Thu May 16, 2013
Sports

McGaughey unfazed, not overjoyed by No. 1 Preakness Post

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BALTIMORE — Pretty much the last post position trainer Shug McGaughey would have wished for Orb heading into Saturday's Preakness Stakes was the inside rail in the nine-horse field. In what may be the bay colt's first downer in weeks, the No. 1 slot is exactly where the Kentucky Derby winner landed for the start of his quest to secure the second leg of the Triple Crown. True to his nature, McGaughey didn't flinch even as a smattering of groans cropped up around him.  Read more...

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1:37pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Sports

Former Russellville Star takes Long Journey

The Bowling Green Hornets' Tony Key poses for a portrait, Friday, May 10, 2013 in Bowling Green, Ky.
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On the basketball court, Tony Key is a self-proclaimed monster. He bumps and bruises in the post. He talks some trash. He sometimes bickers with opponents, referees, teammates and coaches. The 6-foot-11-inch Key has embraced that intimidating persona since he was dominating the area hoops scene nearly 15 years ago at Russellville High School. But time, travels and tragedy have changed the big man. He’s back in Russellville, playing with the newly formed semi-professional Bowling Green Hornets, who play their home games at Russellville High School and are coached by his older brother, Otis. While his professional basketball aspirations are still strong, Key has become more reflective at age 31. The NBA was once within his reach, but he says he listened to all the wrong people and didn’t play with enough desire.

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1:39pm

Sun May 5, 2013
Sports

Princess of Sylmar Wins The Kentucky Oaks

Princess of Sylmar is the 2013 Kentucky Oaks champion. With jockey Mike Smith aboard, the longshot filly surged down the stretch to win the race, overtaking second place finisher Beholder and Unlimited Budget, who came in third.

1:37pm

Sun May 5, 2013
Sports

Orb Wins the Kentucky Derby

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Running on a slopping Churchill Downs track, Orb beat 18 other horses to win Kentucky Derby 139. Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, started the race as the 5-1 favorite and caught up to the leaders as they approached the finish line.

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11:18am

Fri May 3, 2013
Sports

O'Neill Seeking Derby Repeat With Goldencents

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Trainer Doug O’Neill will join some elite company if Goldencents wins the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. O’Neill  is trying to become just the seventh trainer to win back-to-back Derbys. Last year, he trained I’ll Have Another to victories in the Derby and Preakness Stakes.

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11:14am

Fri May 3, 2013
Sports

Five Years After Eight Belles' Death in the Kentucky Derby, Race-Related Fatalities Decline

Eight Belles just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
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Trainer Larry Jones was riding high for 24 hours. In 2008, Jones’ Proud Spell won the Kentucky Oaks. In the Kentucky Derby, his entry was Eight Belles—a horse that became a focus of attention. She’d performed well in workouts, but she was also vying to become just the fourth filly to win the sports' most famous race in 134 tries.

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5:10pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Sports

Keeneland President's Sentimental Pick

It’s hard to go wrong with practical and sentimental picks for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Keeneland’s Bill Thomason made both today.  In his first appearance before Lexington Rotarians as the track’s president, Thomason said his head goes with the morning-line favorite ‘Orb,’ but his heart favors ‘Charming Kitten.’

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4:33pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Sports

Kentucky Derby Marks Return of Jockey Gary Stevens

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This year’s Kentucky Derby will mark the return of jockey Gary Stevens to the starting gate. After seven years of retirement from riding, Stevens will be back in the irons aboard Derby starter Oxbow. The 50 year old Stevens says he began to feel the urge to return to the saddle about a year and a half ago, and became more serious about a comeback after starting a new training regimen.    He says stepping away and working as an NBC racing analyst have given him a fresh perspective.

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2:43pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Sports

Kentucky Derby Post Draw This Afternoon

A full field of 20 horses is expected for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The Derby post positions will be drawn later today. An unexpected addition to the field was announced yesterday when the owners of Giant Finish announced that he would run.

1:29pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Sports

Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks

Dreaming of Julia
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A field of 11 is set for Friday’s running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks. The post positions for the fillies-only race were drawn this  morning at Churchill Downs. The early favorite, at 3 -1, is Dreaming of Julia, one of four Todd Pletcher-trained entries.    Jockey John Velazquez will be aboard.

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8:52pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Sports

Record-Breaking Spring at Keeneland

The Spring 2013 Meet ended Friday at Keeneland.
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Just as Churchill Downs gears up for Derby Week, Keeneland wrapped up its spring meet.  Both attendance at the Lexington track and the amount of cash wagered increased. Despite traffic complicated by major road repairs on US 60, overall attendance at Keeneland was up over three percent this spring, with over 278-thousand people enjoying a day at the races. 

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2:22pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Sports

Three-Way Race Predicted in Bluegrass Stakes

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The maximum number of horses race Saturday in Keeneland’s Bluegrass Stakes.  Post positions in the prep race for the Kentucky Derby were selected today in Lexington.

Third from the inside, morning line favorite “Uncaptured” starts the betting at 7-2.  But, Keeneland Handicapper Mike Battaglia gave only a slight edge to the brown colt from Canada.  Battaglia also see contenders in two Kentucky-breds, Java’s War and Rydilluc.

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