By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
The popular TV show “Top Chef” released its first look at its 16th season, which was shot right here in the Bluegrass. The show spent time in places like Lexington, Louisville and on Lake Cumberland earlier this spring, and will feature celebrity guest judges, including John Calipari, in its competitions.
Get a sneak peek at what’s ahead in the trailer that was released today:
The season premieres Thursday, December 6, at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.
Colonel Harland Sanders is a Kentucky icon. Now, you can own one of his trademark white suits.
Dick Miller, Sanders’ former driver and travel companion, is putting some of the Colonel’s personal items bestowed to him up for auction, including the suit, a watch, belt buckle, Stetson hat, state-issued drivers license and credit cards.
Photos from Heritage Auctions:
Miller, who met the Colonel by chance while picking up KFC takeout, drove for him from 1970 until his death in 1980, even driving the hearse to his final resting place in Cave Hill Cemetery. After that, he worked at the KFC Headquarters for 28 years.
The auction starts on October 15. If you have your heart set on the suit, you better start saving; the last Colonel Sanders suit that went up for auction sold for over $4,000.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 09th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
The website “Eat This, Not That!” found the most popular soft drink in each state across America, from the big brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi to the regional brews like Cheerwine and Delaware Punch (which is popular in Louisiana, surprisingly). Kentucky’s most popular soft drink may surprise you, too — that is, if you’re expecting it to be Ale-8-One.
Believe it or not (and I wholeheartedly believe it), Mountain Dew is the sugary drink of choice across the Bluegrass. In fact, Kentuckians buy more cases of Mountain Dew than any other state in the country.
Kentucky – Mountain Dew
The Midwest and South love their Hulk-hued beverage, and Kentucky reigns number one when it comes to sales. Bluegrass State dwellers buy the most cases of Mountain Dew per capita compared to any other state, according to a Beverage Digest report. (Eat This, Not That!)
I once drank 24 cans of Mountain Dew in one night in high school, but have since given it up because it’s so bad for you. Outside of the occasional Diet Coke in the UK press box, you’ll rarely catch me drinking any soft drinks these days.
And I’m not alone, either. Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi saw a decline in volume last year. But here in Kentucky, Mountain Dew is still king.
Speaking of that, do people still spread that lie about Yellow 5 and its effect on men? I remember hearing it all the time back when I was addicted to Dew. Just wondering. Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day.
Knicks Go paid $142 to win for his Breeders’ Futurity victory, and Next Shares returned bettors $48.80 on $2 win wagers to fuel an all-stakes pick 5 that paid out over $130,000 for the fifty cent minimum bet at Keeneland on Saturday. In the midst of the hysteria, we were able to identify two profitable plays as Positive Spirit finished second in the 5th race and Golden Mischief took the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes. The positive returns on those two wagers covered most of the losses on the exotic plays, and we finished the day down $11.50, which leaves a net loss of $10 thus far for the meet. Sunday’s card offers three more stakes races, all of which are Win and You’re In preps for their respective Breeders’ Cup divisions.
Sunday, October 7th – Race 6, the Indian Summer
Chelsea Cloisters will most likely go favored in this prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. She blew away a maiden field over the main track here in the spring and then shipped across the pond where she disappointed as the favorite in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. Wesley Ward ran her back in 13 days off that poor effort, and she yielded in the late stages to finish in the runner-up spot in the Group 3 Prix du Bois at Deauville. Most recently, she was second past the wire again back in the states at Saratoga behind her stablemate Stillwater Cove. The daughter of First Samurai has the speed to set the pace from her rail draw, and she has an experience edge on most of the field. She is the one to beat. All About It made a very strong run from just off the pace to miss by a neck in his debut at Saratoga. Fog of War, the winner of that race, came back to take the Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine in his next contest. All About It adds lasix for his second trip to the post and looks like a very formidable challenger in this spot.
Wager: $5 exacta box with Chelsea Cloisters and All About It; $1 trifecta box with Chelsea Cloisters, Credit Swap, and All About It
Race 8, the Bourbon Stakes
Fourteen juveniles head to the post to challenge for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in the Grade 3 Bourbon. War of Will led deep into the stretch and just missed victory by a half length in the aforementioned Summer Stakes in his last start. Though still a maiden, he certainly deserves a long look in here based off that effort. Henley’s Joy is 2 for 2 after breaking his maiden at Ellis Park and taking the Kentucky Downs Juvenile for Mike Maker. Tyler Gaffalione stays aboard the son of turf stalwart Kitten’s Joy. Concrete Rose earned a solid 82 Beyer figure for her debut victory over good turf at Saratoga in which she bested next-out winner Introduced by a length and 3/4 on the line. Tracksmith was a mere head behind Henley’s Joy at Kentucky Downs. Mick’s Star is bred for the lawn and has two blow-out victories at Indiana Downs to his credit.
Wager: $0.50 trifecta box with War of Will, Henley’s Joy, Concrete Rose, Tracksmith, and Mick’s Star
Race 9, the Spinster
Eskimo Kisses put forth a career best effort when dominating the Alabama at Saratoga in her last go. She cuts back in distance for this Breeders’ Cup Distaff prep and owns two second place finishes over the Keeneland surface. Blue Prize will take some money as she has won her two most recent outings, both in graded stakes company at Churchill Downs. However, Julien Leparoux, the winning pilot in her Locust Grove victory in Louisville three weeks ago, chose to ride Talk Veuve to Me this afternoon. The daughter of Violence set a fast pace and faded badly to finish 4th, beaten 7 lengths by Eskimo Kisses in the Alabama. She has been training well at Keeneland since, and she will appreciate the turn back to 9 panels today. Her tactical speed will give her the jump on the major competition.
Wager: $15 WPS on Talk Veuve to Me
Best of luck to everyone, enjoy another beautiful (and HOT) day at Keeneland. You can follow me on Twitter @chadlashbrook.
By Chad Lashbrook on ©October 05th, 2018 @ 10:45am
Keeneland’s fall meet opens this weekend with three excellent cards anchored by 10 stakes races that serve as important preps for next month’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Friday’s card features the Grade 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes, a Win and You’re In event for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, along with the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades, which offers the winner a free ticket to the Juvenile Fillies at Churchill on Friday, November 2nd. Despite the continuing summer weather, most pools closed about a month ago, so make every effort to get out and enjoy some outstanding racing this weekend.
This column has traditionally provided a simple summation of mostly stakes races with general opinions on how the race might unfold and who the primary contenders might be. Several readers have reached out and requested more straight forward wagering opinions. So, for this meet, I will be keeping a bankroll with specific bets for each day the column runs. Maximum bankroll per day will be $100. Ask and you shall receive – we’ll see how this goes. Wager at your own risk.
Friday, October 5th – Race 8, The Grade 2 Phoenix Stakes
A six horse field will line up for this 6 furlong opening day fall meet staple, but only half of them appear to be viable contenders. Limousine Liberal will take plenty of money, and deservedly so, as he is closing in on the $2 million earnings mark for his career. He finished a hard fought 3rd behind the re-opposing Whitmore last out in the Forego at Saratoga. Just prior to that, he defeated Whitmore at Belmont. Both those races were run at 7 furlongs, which is Limousine Liberal’s preferred distance. He is only 3 for 11 going 3/4 of a mile and just 1 for 6 at Keeneland. He has burned money in his last two efforts over the Keeneland strip, finishing 2nd as the favorite in the Commonwealth Stakes this past spring, and 3rd in this race last year as the public’s choice. Whitmore won this race last year, by a nose, and enters this off a strong victory in the aforementioned Forego following two near misses at Belmont. Promises Fulfilled is a 3yo making his first start against elders in this spot. On the same day Whitmore won the Forego, Promises Fulfilled won the Allen Jerkens over the same track in identical time. The son of Shackleford is the preferred choice in this spot because he has a distinct pace advantage. He will set the pace from his rail draw, and may face only modest pressure from Distinctive B. Six furlongs may ultimately prove to be his ideal distance, and he proved he can handle a tepid pace and still finish strong in his two races at Saratoga.
Wager: $35 Win and Place on Promises Fulfilled
Race 9, The Grade 1 Alcibiades
This mile and a sixteenth test for 2yo fillies drew an overflow field of 16, 14 of which will start. Restless Rider will likely go favored based on her runner-up finish in the Spinaway at Saratoga and an 11 length victory in the Debutante at Churchill. Like many of these, this will be her first trip around two turns, and I’m more apt to take a wait and see approach on whether she will handle the added ground or not. Into Trouble has two very professional victories to her credit and certainly ought to be respected in her first two turn trip. Lady TNT owns two runaway victories following a debut where nothing went right for her. She went straight to the front and never looked back in both those wins, and she will likely look to do the same here. Distance is certainly a question as she has not been further than 6 furlongs and her sire Justin Phillip earned his keep around one turn as well, but trainer Joe Sharp boasts a solid 23% winning percentage when stretching runners out. Catherinethegreat has thus far sandwiched two very impressive outings with two very subpar efforts. She had a rough trip when 9th beaten 14 lengths in the Spinaway. She adds blinkers for this and comes in with the fastest of 113 half mile works over the track this past Saturday. Like Lady TNT, she has the speed necessary to gain a forward placing and negate potential traffic issues from the outset. Chocolate Kisses is one of only two fillies in the race to have competed at this distance before, and she’s done it twice. She broke her maiden over firm turf at Saratoga and then took the show spot over yielding ground in the PG Johnson. Shifting back to the dirt may suit her well, and she has proven stamina.
Wager: $0.50 trifecta box w/ Restless Rider, Into Trouble, Lady TNT, Catherinethegreat, and Chocolate Kisses
Best of luck to all who choose to get involved on opening day. Check back in this spot tomorrow for Saturday’s column. You can follow me on Twitter @chadlashbrook.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 17th, 2018 @ 11:52am
Kentucky’s game vs. Murray State yielded a few changes on this week’s depth chart.
AJ Rose is now No. 2 at running back behind Benny Snell, shedding the “or” between his name and Sihiem King’s. Freshman Allen Dailey passed sophomore Isaiah Epps to become the No. 2 option at the “Z” wide receiver spot behind senior Dorian Baker. Dailey was one of the highlights of Kentucky’s win over Murray State, catching two passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.
By Nick Roush on ©September 08th, 2018 @ 11:00am
One Kentucky high school football team shined under the brightest national spotlight last night.
If you tuned into SportsCenter Friday night or Saturday morning, you saw Lexington Catholic High School. A tipped Lexington Christian pass was dug like a volleyball before John Martin Simms picked off the pass. It’s easy to understand why it was the No. 2 play in America.
Lexington Catholic quarterback and UK legacy recruit Beau Allen threw for 362 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Knights to a 54-13 victory over LCA.
A player at Union College has the most incredible mullet you’ll ever lay eyes on.
Check out the ‘do on Bradley Elkins, a former Pike Central star who is now a senior wide receiver at Union. Holy cow that’s a look.
Elkins also punts for the Bulldogs and he recently broke a 27-year school record by booming the ball 78 yards.
But who cares about numbers? Take a long minute to admire that hair. It should in a museum.
Now where can I get a Bradley Elkins jersey?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 30th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Tomorrow’s KSR will be live from the Manchester Music Festival in Clay County, where a welcome sign got everyone a little riled up today.
Organizers for the festival put up a sign welcoming “MMF’ers,” aka “Manchester Music Festivalers” to the event; however, the wordplay rubbed many the wrong way, so the sign was taken down. Boooooo.
A social media fire storm has broke out over the Manchester Music Festival sign on the Main Stage. Is it a catchy…
Personally, I think it’s hilarious. Why so serious, MMF’ers? Come on out to Morgan’s Professional Pharmacy from 10-noon and have a MMF’n good time.
UPDATE: According to WYMT, there was such an outpouring of support for the sign after the initial backlash that organizers decided not to take it down after all; in fact, they’re making t-shirts because it received so much attention. (If they’re reading, I’ll take one.)
Grab your crazy uncles and your cranky in-laws and get to Louisville later this month for “Family Feud” auditions. The popular game show that is on television at all hours of the day is coming to the Bluegrass to find new participants. It will host tryouts in Louisville the weekend of September 22-23.
Click here to apply, and if you’re selected, you’ll be given more details about the tryout.
In the meantime, enjoy one of my all-time favorite clips in TV history.
I will never not laugh at that.
On Friday, Mason Tackett became an internet sensation following his interview with WYMT about his cousin’s attempt to steal his soap, cheese grater, and empty bottle of Lysol. This morning, Tackett called into Kentucky Sports Radio to talk about his newfound fame, and, let me tell you, it was a call for the ages.
“I woke up this morning and walked by the mirror and I was starstruck for 15 minutes,” Tackett said. “I’m telling you, there’s people messaging me on Facebook saying, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe you added me on Facebook.’ I’m like, ‘Buddy, I’m standing in line at the Speedway just like everybody else does.'”
The more you get to know about Tackett, the more fascinating he becomes. He described his decision to run for Floyd County Judge Executive (“The way I figure, 2018 was crazy as hell anyway”), his cousin, aka the “Turkey Creek Terrorist,” and how he’s dealing with the haters. The latter resulted in this epic line.
“You know how when somebody blows up or goes viral, you’re always going to have haters?” Tackett said. “I’ve got people on my Facebook saying, ‘You’ve got your 15 minutes of fame, you need to quit.’ I’m like, ‘You know what, you all are just a bunch of jelly monsters on Jelly Mountain.'”
You can meet Tackett Thursday night at the Paddy Wagon in Richmond, where he plans to tell the uncensored version of the attempted robbery. The party is BYOCG — Bring your own cheese grater.
The horse racing community has lost its greatest ambassador. John Asher died of an apparent heart attack this morning while traveling with his family in Orlando. He was 62.
He officially held the title vice president of racing communications at Churchill Downs, but Asher was much more than that. He was the face of the Kentucky Derby. Asher could handicap with the hardcore horse racing fan and make the event appeal to even the most casual viewer.
Asher’s booming voice and friendly face became a staple in the city of Louisville since he assumed his role with Churchill Downs in 1999. You’d be hard-pressed to find one person who can say a bad thing about the Leitchfield native who won five Eclipse Awards as a journalist before he officially called Churchill Downs home.
In the sport of kings, he was a giant in the community. The Kentucky Derby will not be the same without John Asher.
For more, read Eric Crawford’s poignant salute to the life of John Asher.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 24th, 2018 @ 10:00am
I’ve seen a lot of local news videos in my life, but this one from Eastern Kentucky may take the cake. A man in Floyd County was robbed this week by his cousin, who he suspected was high on meth. What did he steal? That’s where this gets interesting.
“It’s the most random assortment of things. It looked like he was getting ready to go to a pallet sale,” the victim, Mason Tackett, told WYMT. “Who steals a cheese grater? He’s got the works. Lysol! He stole an empty bottle of spray! What got me the most was my soap. He stole my soap! Who steals soap?!”
Honestly! Tackett confronted his cousin, Philip Hagans, before he took off with the items, which is when things got a little scary.
“I went around the back of that house he was at and seen my stuff. And then I come back out and he pulled a gun on me when I got back around the house. I guess he thought I was upset with him.”
Hagans was charged with receiving stolen property and being a convicted felon with a firearm.
“Must have been been a bad batch around here because Floyd County’s gone crazy the past four days,” Tackett said.
Meth’s a helluva drug, kids. Stay away.
By TJ Walker on ©August 23rd, 2018 @ 2:00pm
It’s happening! Well, at least for a handful of days. Top Golf is setting up a remote location at UofL’s Cardinal Stadium (remember, it’s no longer Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium). The cool kids (and the company) are calling it Top Golf Crush and the setup will look similar to what you see above. That was at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, but Top Golf Crush has also made stops in Austin, Nashville, Kansas City and Seattle.
You can checkout Top Golf Crush in the Commonwealth from October 31st to November 10th. Smart move by Top Golf to be in town when the Breeder’s Cup is happening right across the street, and assuming the weather cooperates this will be a major hit. Fore! (probably time for me to log off).
Basically it’s Top Golf Lite. It’s the same concept and a similar setup that you would see at a real Top Golf, but there are fewer targets and bays. The goal is to hit in those targets and you get points. I even think they may put your name on the jumbo-tron. Top Golf is already putting tickets on sale and they start at $25 for students and $35 for non-students. You can buy those tickets HERE.
As for the battle for an actual Top Golf in Louisville. It’s still heated. After their 4:30 p.m. dinners Hurstbourne residents are still trying to block Top Golf from calling the Oxmoor Center home. There is a meeting with the Louisville Planning Commission on October 1st. After that meeting we’ll have a better idea if Top Golf has a permanent home in Louisville. I’m still surprised it’s even a debate.
I hope UofL has insurance on the Johnny U statue (although I think that will be behind where folks are hitting, the Cards moved it to the Party Deck, aka the end zone where Austin MacGinnis banged home the game winner in 2016).