Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming grabs the roses before a crowd of 158,070

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 6, 2017) – MeB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds’ favored Always Dreaming shook clear of longshot State of Honor at the half-mile pole, opened a daylight advantage and cruised to a 2 ¾-length victory over Lookin At Lee to win the 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 158,070, the seventh largest in Derby
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Always Dreaming covered the 1 1/4 miles on a wet-fast track in 2:03.59.
For Pletcher and Velazquez, it was their second taste of Kentucky Derby glory. Pletcher had saddled 2010 winner Super Saver and a year later Velazquez piloted Animal Kingdom to victory.
The victory was worth $1,635,800 to the Kentucky-bred son of Bodemeister out of the In Excess (IRE) mare Above Perfection.
Saturday’s payday increased his earnings to $2,284,700 with a record of 6-4-1-1 with two Grade I victories in as many attempts. In his
previous start, Always Dreaming won the Florida Derby.
State of Honor led the field of 20 through an opening quarter-mile in :22.70 and the half-mile in :46.53 with Always Dreaming
right behind him. Always Dreaming stuck his head in front at the half-mile pole and was a half-length in front of Battle of Midway at
the head of the stretch.
By mid-stretch, Always Dreaming had opened a three-length lead and was well on his way to becoming the fifth consecutive
favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.
Lookin At Lee rallied from far back under Corey Lanerie to claim second, five lengths in front of Battle of Midway with
Flavien Prat up.
Always Dreaming returned $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80. Lookin At Lee returned $26.60 and $15.20 with Battle of Midway
returning $20.80 to show.
Following the top three in order were Classic Empire, Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Gunnevera, McCraken, Gormley, Irish
War Cry, Hence, Untrapped, Girvin, Patch, J Boys Echo, Sonneteer, Fast and Accurate, Irap and State of Honor. Thunder
Snow (IRE) did not finish.

All A Classic State Baseball Tournament from Lexington

Middlesboro scores 3 in the 6th inning to break a 1-1 tie and beats Pikeville 4-1.

Yellow Jackets will play in the 10:30AM semifinal on Sunday morning.

Game 1    Lexington Christian 7 Walton-Verona 3 (10 inn.)

Game 2    Caldwell County 1 Bishop Brossart 0 (8 inn.)

Game 3    Middlesboro 4 Pikeville 1

Game 4    Louisville Holy Cross 4 Monroe County 2


Sunday 8:30AM – Lexington Christian vs. Caldwell County

Sunday 10:30AM – Middlesboro vs. Louisville Holy Cross

2017 SEKC Track and Field Championships

Corbin wins both the boys and girls events. Final team results available in our magazine at

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Baseball: LMU wins South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship

Lincoln Memorial (33-17) concluded its undefeated run in the 2017 Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship at Smokies Stadium with a 9-4 victory over seventh-seeded Carson-Newman (29-24) to clinch the tournament championship. The Railsplitters bring home the SAC title for the second time in school history and first since 2013.

Softball: #18 UK claims series win over #4 Texas A&M

Three-Run Sixth Gives No. 18 UK Series Win vs. No. 4 Texas A&M

Wildcats win first series against a top-five team since 2015


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 18 Kentucky softball team got three runs in the first and three in the sixth, which helped propel them to a 7-4 win over the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies and clinch a top-five series win for the first time since 2015.


With the win, Kentucky improves to 34-14 overall and is now a season-high 20 games above the .500 mark. The Wildcats have won two Southeastern Conference series in a row now, and sit tied for seventh with LSU at 11-10 in league play. With the loss, Texas A&M falls to 41-7 overall and is now 15-5 in the SEC this season.

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Baseball: Railsplitters unbeaten in SAC Tournament; will play for championship on Monday

Baseball: Kentucky’s late surge secures SEC series win at South Carolina

Photo by Katie Dugan, The Big Spur

Wildcats get their sixth SEC series win in seven weekends, third on the road


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kentucky broke a tie with three runs in the eighth inning and Logan Salow had a career-high 10 strikeouts  in relief as the No. 6 Wildcats defeated No. 21 South Carolina, 9-4, on a hot Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.


With the win, Kentucky won a series at South Carolina for the first time since 1999 and won its sixth SEC series in seven weekends this season, and third on the road. UK improves to 31-14, leading the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division with a 14-7 league mark and tying Western Division co-leaders Mississippi State and Auburn for the overall league lead.

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Baseball: #21 South Carolina evens the series with a 5-1 win over #6 Kentucky on Saturday

Kentucky Bats Silenced as South Carolina Evens Series

Wildcats will go for their sixth SEC series win in seven weekends on Sunday


COLUMBIA, S.C. – One day after allowing 19 runs and 20 hits to Kentucky, a trio of South Carolina pitchers combined to hold the Wildcats to two hits in a 5-1 Gamecock win on a warm and humid Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.


Entering the weekend as the top pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina starter Adam Hill and reliever Josh Reagan limited No. 6 UK to one hit in the first seven innings — a home run by third baseman Tyler Marshall in the fourth inning, his first homer of the season. Hill was the winning pitcher, moving his record to 3-3, and Tyler Johnson got the final five outs for his seventh save of the season. Leftfielder Carlos Cortes led the USC offense with a two-run homer and an RBI double. No. 21 South Carolina improved to 25-16 on the season, 10-10 in the SEC.

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Golf: UK Women receive at-large bid to the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s golf team is headed back to the NCAA Regionals for the sixth time in seven seasons under head coach Golda Johansson Borst. The Wildcats were part of the 72-team NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships field announced Thursday morning on the Golf Channel.

UK will participate in the Columbus Regional at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio, May 8-10. Kentucky has made the tournament for the 21st time in program history.

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Baseball: Kentucky’s hot bats pound South Carolina 19-1

Wildcats record largest SEC win in program history; Hjelle throws six shutout innings

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 6-ranked Kentucky exploded for 19 runs and 20 hits and Sean Hjelle tossed six shutout innings as the Wildcats won at No. 21 South Carolina, 19-1, Friday night.

Beginning in the second inning, UK scored in six straight innings against the top-rated pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference. It was Kentucky’s largest margin of victory against an SEC opponent in school history and the most runs for the Wildcats against an SEC opponent since tallying 22 vs. Mississippi State in 2009.

In the process, Kentucky improved to 30-13 on the season, 13-6 atop the SEC Eastern Division standings. UK also extended a school-record streak of six-straight 30-win seasons and head coach Nick Mingione set a school record for most wins by a UK coach in his first season. South Carolina is now 24-16 overall, 9-10 in league play.
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