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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.
Credit Nathan Morgan / The Daily News

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.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

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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11:55am

Tue April 9, 2013
Sports

UofL Brings National Title Back Home to Kentucky

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After a season of some pretty bad basketball all around, this was 40 minutes of fun. After some ups and downs during the past 16 years, this was 40 minutes of Rick Pitino cementing his legend, becoming the first coach to win a national title at two different schools. After 12 months, it took just 40 minutes to bring the NCAA championship trophy right back to the commonwealth. Last year, Kentucky. This year, Louisville. Take that North Carolina. Take that Indiana. Take that all those other so-called basketball states. And Louisville had to earn the title, outlasting a young and talented Michigan team, superbly coached by John Beilein, that led the Cards by as many as 12 points in the first half before finally falling 82-76.

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2:15pm

Sun April 7, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals Advance to National Championship Game

The Louisville Cardinals advanced Saturday evening to the NCAA Tournament championship game, but not before getting a scare from the Wichita State Shockers. The overall No. 1-seeded Cardinals trailed by a point at halftime and through most of the second half to the No. 9 seed Shockers, but managed to come back as the game closed.

2:51pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals Earn a Spot in the Women's Final Four

The Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team pulled another upset Tuesday night to earn a spot in the Final Four. U of L topped the Tennessee Lady Vols 86-78 in Oklahoma City. In winning, the No. 5 seed Cardinals beat a better-seeded team for the third straight game—No. 4 seed Purdue, No. 1 seed Baylor and the second-seeded Tennessee.

1:37pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

WKU Joins Conference USA

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Old collegiate rivalries and new money drove the economic engine that pushed Western Kentucky University to seek an affiliation with Conference USA, WKU President Gary Ransdell said Monday. Ransdell said with the geography of the C-USA membership, student-athletes will experience less travel time, as will fans. “So much of this is positive for WKU,” he said.

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11:53am

Tue April 2, 2013
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Kentucky Wildcats Lose to UConn in Elite Eight

The Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball team was lost their bid Monday for their first Final Four appearance. The No. 2 seed Wildcats lost 83-53 to the UConn Huskies in Bridgeport, Conn., ending UK’s most successful season in history with a 30-6 record and a second-place regular season finish in the Southeastern Conference.

4:30pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware has Successful Leg Surgery

Kevin Ware
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Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware had successful surgery late Sunday on his right leg broken during an Elite Eight game and is expected to remain in Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital until at least Tuesday, the university said. He's hopeful to return to Louisville mid-week and join the team for next weekend's Final Four in Atlanta, the university added.

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5:44pm

Wed March 27, 2013
Sports

U of L, UK Reach Women's NCAA Sweet Sixteen Round

The Louisville Cards and Kentucky Wildcats are both headed to the third round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. Second-seeded UK advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 84-70 victory tonight over Dayton.     The Wildcats will face Delaware, a number six seed, Saturday in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

11:47am

Tue March 26, 2013
Sports

Cards, Cats Return to Action in Women's NCAA Tournament

The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky women’s basketball teams resume play tonight in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals advanced to the second round with a victory over MiddleTennessee State Sunday.  Fifth-seeded U of L takes number four Purdue at 7:00pm at the KFC Yum Center.

2:15pm

Sun March 24, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals Top Colorado State to Advance to Sweet 16

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team easily beat the Colorado State Rams on Saturday to advance in the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Cardinals expanded on a 14-point halftime lead to win 82-56 in Lexington's Rupp Arena—which some fans were dubbing "Russ Arena," in acknowledgment of Louisville star guard Russ Smith. Smith led the Cardinals with 27 points.

12:55pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Sports

Louisville Advances in NCAA Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals have advanced in the men’s NCAA tournament, easily winning their opener 79-48 over North Carolina A&T tonight in Lexington. Russ Smith led the Cards with 23 points and eight steals.    U of L, the tournament’s top overall seed, will face Colorado State Saturday in third round tournament action at Rupp Arena

5:12pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Sports

Looking for Corporate Basketball Fans

Downtown Lexington is often a hectic spot, particularly when there’s  a big game a Rupp Arena.  Events like this week’s N-C-double-A tournament are money makers for the hospitality industry.  But, it also offers ‘longer term’ economic opportunities.  Among the fans coming to Lexington for the national sporting event are likely numerous corporate leaders. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says it gives him a chance to sell the city to potential employers.

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