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Justify trains at Churchill Downs prior to the Kentucky Derby. Photo courtesy of Earl James Photography.

Justify Looks to Double Down on Triple Crown Bid in Baltimore

It has rained all week in Baltimore, Maryland where the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will be run at Pimlico Racecourse at 6:48 tonight.  More rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast tomorrow, and the one safe bet is that the races will be run in a sea of slop.

The next safest bet is that there will be a Triple Crown on the line when this elite crop of 3yos tackles 12 furlongs in Elmont, NY three weeks from today.  Justify dominated the opposition over a sloppy surface at Churchill Downs, making him 2 for 2 over wet tracks.  He faces just 7 opponents in the Preakness, and the overall quality of the field pales in comparison to the 19 he faced in Louisville.

Justify trains at Churchill Downs prior to the Kentucky Derby. Photo courtesy of Earl James Photography.

Horseplayers will be faced with a challenging set of circumstances – figuring out which horses are likely to excel over the poor track conditions and trying to create value around a very heavy favorite in the feature race.  Here are a few, hopefully helpful, suggestions in navigating your way through the races that make up the pick 6.

Race 8 – Chick Lang

Look no further than Mitole here.  He is miles better than the rest of these.  He can adapt to any pace scenario and should dominate this field – a solid single to kick off the pick 6 sequence.

Race 9 – Galorette

Pimlico has protected the inner portion of the turf course all week, so the expectation here is that the turf stakes will indeed be run on the lawn.  Blessed Silence makes her second stateside start for Christophe Clement and should improve with the recent outing.  She has the most experience on soft tracks due to her 14 race career in France where she performed honestly enough on softer going.  Cambodia won this race last year over a course labeled “good”, but she was a well beaten 6th in her 6yo debut and may not offer much value as the 8/5 morning line favorite.  Ultra Brat and Elysea’s World are both logical fillies to use here as well.

Race 10 – Maryland Sprint

Heartwood won over a sloppy track at Keeneland two races back and certainly deserves a solid look against this group at likely double digit odds.  Switzerland needed 8 tries to break his maiden, but has been impressive since doing so.  The worst race of his life came over a sloppy track, but he slipped at the break and lost all chance.  Long Haul Bay took the Bay Shore at Aqueduct last year in impressive fashion, and his pedigree suggests he will relish the off going.  With only 4 lifetime starts to his credit, he easily has the most upside in the field.

Race 11 – The Very One

Girls Know Best ran a monster race over a yielding course at Keeneland when defeating allowance foes by 6 lengths.  She is certainly the one to beat.  Smiling Causeway and Just Talkin are both plenty capable in this spot as well.

Race 12 – Sir Barton

Ax Man will dictate the pace from the outset, and if he can handle the sloppy going, should never look back.

Race 13 – Preakness

None of the new shooters in here appear capable of beating the Derby winner, or runner-up for that matter.  As a general rule of thumb, the best 3yos run in the Derby.  Horses running in the Preakness that did not participate in the Derby, for the most part, simply were not good enough to qualify.  That certainly seems to be the case with this group.  The two horses most likely to appreciate the track conditions – outside of Justify and Good Magic – are Quip and Diamond King.  Neither has raced on anything other than a fast track, but their pedigrees suggest the slop may be to their liking.  Bravazo actually ran a decent race with a troubled trip in Louisville and could be a contender in the exotics with a better trip this time around.  That said, don’t spend too much money trying to beat the Derby winner here.  Sit back and enjoy another Bob Baffert Triple Crown bid.

Katina Powell Arrested in a Louisville Football Shirt


Following a court appearance, Katina Powell was arrested today while wearing a Louisville football t-shirt.

The infamous Breaking Cardinal Rules author was booked at Louisville Metro Corrections just before 2:00 p.m. on a pair of forgery charges.  She will be arraigned tomorrow for criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.

The arrest reportedly happened while Powell appeared in court for an eviction hearing, after her daughter allegedly pulled a handgun on man in the front-yard of the home.  Powell initially missed the scheduled Thursday morning hearing for an alleged panic attack.  She eventually got to the courthouse at 1:00, was evicted, then arrested.

It’s not the first time Powell’s had a run-in with the law since her book blew the whistle on the Louisville basketball team.  In January she was arrested, accused of stealing toothbrushes from a local Wal-Mart.


We now know the reason why Powell was arrested.  According to the Courier-Journal, Powell is accused of stealing three checks and cashing them for $2,900.  The person she allegedly stole them from is an ex-boyfriend who wants her back.

“I want her in my life,” Thomas Tyre, an area dentist, told the CJ. “I’m sad about what happened.”

Kraft Beer With Kindsey: Paducah Beer Werks

It is no secret that bourbon dominates this state, but the craft beer industry is growing in Kentucky. There are locally owned breweries and microbreweries scattered all around the state and it is my mission to travel to each and every one and tell their story.

Only two items flowed through the building on the corner of 4th Street and Monroe Street in Paducah before 2015, buses and movies.

Greyhound occupied the building from 1966 until 2010. But not only was it a bus stop, but also a dinner with a short order cook and a mailing services called Package Express.

“The entire bus station was being used,” owner and head brewer of Paducah Beer Werks Todd Blume said. “They also had a thing called Package Express and every movie up until, I believe, 1988 came through this building. So that’s how they would deliver them.”

When UPS and FedEx came around, it ended Package Express and Greyhound had to relocate because of people started to travel by bus less often.

So the bus station sat vacant for four years until Todd Blume, a native of Graves County, moved back home to Western Kentucky.

Blume graduated from Murray State University with a degree in computer science and the only jobs available in his field were in data entry.

“I really wasn’t interested in data entry, I wanted to do more on the creating side,” Blume said. “So my dad was like “what are you doing to do?” So we started looking around and he said, “what is one thing Paducah doesn’t have?” 

A brewery.

But where this idea come from?

Blume previously lived in Franklin, North Carolina and loved going to a nearby brewery in Sylva.

“The one I went to was called Heinzelmannchen, which was well-known and had some of the best beer,” Blume said. “The guy was just doing it in a basement and he was winning medals. He also made sodas. And that kind of got me really interested in doing something.”

Blume started homebrewing and then began traveling back and forth from Colorado to take an immersion course with Tom Hennesey, a brewery owner who teaches people how to build breweries.

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When Blume decided to bring a craft brewery to Paducah in 2015, he saw the bus station and knew it was the place.

“But at that point and time, I didn’t know how fast I could grow or how the community would take it,” Blume said. 

Even though the closest brewery at that time was in Clarksville, Ten. (almost 100 miles away) the people of Paducah took to it very quickly.

His worries were officially put to bed that summer in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival. Beer Werk’s PBW Pale Ale won a bronze medal in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category.

Blume had attended the festival while living in Colorado but had never seen an awards ceremony, so he figured he’d check it out. 

“We were all in the way in the back and we were all split, there were three of us,” Blume said. “And we were sitting there listening and were like “I remember trying that one, yeah that one was good.”  And then they call our name, and I said “Huh? What’s going on?” So we all had to kind of find each other cause we were all dispersed in the crowd. Everybody was just kind of blown away.”

Before worrying about accepting the medal, Blume was focused on making it to the stage.

“So I had to go all the way down these steps, and I’m like “please don’t fall, please don’t fall, please don’t fall.” And I’m just sitting there shaking like I’m really getting up there and I go up these steps trying not to fall, shake Charlie Papazian’s hand. Like what just happened.”

To win a medal at the GABF is incredible. In 2015, there were 1,552 breweries in competition and 275 were winners, including Paducah Beer Werks.

“So that was really big deal. It helped us, you know, prove to the community that we’re making a solid good beer.”

And that, they are.

My beer picks at Paducah Beer Werks:

PBW Pale Ale: It’s a GABF award winning beer, so you know it’s good.

The Dude: The Dude is a delicious Pilsner. You can’t go wrong with a delicious pilsner.

Golden Ale: A very solid, light beer that anyone can drink. It’s very easy to drink and not as hoppy as a pale ale.

301 North 4th Street

Paducah, Kentucky 42001




Churchill Downs to offer online sports betting… in New Jersey

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Churchill Downs is not going to sit around and wait for Kentucky to legalize sports gambling. It is already getting in on the action by setting up online wagering on sports in the great state of New Jersey.

According to, Churchill Downs Inc. signed a deal with the Golden Nugget Hotel to enter the market in the Garden State. It also signed a partnership with sports betting platform SBTech to allow online gambling in both Mississippi and Pennsylvania.

It’s a smart move by Churchill to get in front of the issue, and it explains why its stock saw a significant rise once the Supreme Court announced its ruling on Monday.

Maybe one day we’ll be able to access it here in Kentucky.

KY House Speaker says he will support sports betting

KY House Speaker says he will support sports betting

Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne made a special guest appearance on Tuesday’s Hey Kentucky! in a 15-minute interview with Matt Jones. Osborne joined the show to discuss several hot topics in Frankfort, and among those was his stance on sports betting in the Bluegrass.

Osbourne said he has always been in favor of sports betting, but he doesn’t believe it will have the enormous economical impact that many are projecting. He also said he filed a sports betting bill back in 2012 when New Jersey starting making its push to challenge the federal law, and it had quite a bit of support at the time.

Listen to his full comments below.

Louisville Nears Bottom of National Fitness Rankings

Louisville and fitness go together like lamb and tuna fish.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a recent survey concluded that Arlington, Virginia is the fittest city in the United States.  Near the bottom of their Top 100, Louisville is ranked 98 out of 100 in the American Fitness Index, only ahead of Indianapolis and Oklahoma City.  Lexington is ranked 28 spots higher at No. 70.

In the 11th annual rankings, the ACSM compared a variety of factors in America’s largest 100 cities — nutrition, chronic disease, smoking, access to parks and public transportation just to name a few.  Louisville has three beautiful Olmsted parks, but that’s not enough to combat the city’s fondness of booze, cigs and grease.

If you’d like to move to a healthier destination, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Madison, Wisconsin or Portland, Oregon might better suit your lifestyle.  If not, continue enjoy that bourbon, especially the Henry McKenna.

Matt Bevin Leaves Door Open for Sports Gambling in Kentucky

Speaking for the first time since the Supreme Court ruled the federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin punted on the issue.

In an interview with Chad Young on Bowling Green’s WKCT, Bevin remained consistent.  The Governor does not believe there’s a political appetite for casino gambling, but sports gambling is a different story.

“It will be the decision of our legislature,” he said, according to WDRB’s Marcus Green.  Bevin believes the Supreme Court made the correct decision, but the Governor did not say if he would veto a bill or if he believes the legislature will actually make it happen in Kentucky.

This story will be updated with audio from Bevin’s interview.  Until then, enjoy Marcus Green’s timeline.

Bevin not a proponent of expanded gambling; says it’s a “sucker’s bet”

The story of the day is the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the federal ban on sports gambling. States that want to offer sports betting are now free to do so, and many are moving quickly to be among the first to get in on the action.

However, here in Kentucky, it will take a change at the top to get the ball rolling in the Bluegrass. Governor Matt Bevin is not a fan of expanded gambling, and though he hasn’t made a statement since the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling, we have a quote from his appearance on Terry Meiners’ radio show last week.

Meiners asked Bevin if he is still against it, to which Bevin said, “I’m personally not a proponent of it. I don’t think there is any political appetite for it, so I’m not alone in that regard, and I don’t see it as a solution. I really don’t.”

“It’s a bit of a sucker’s bet to think that a little bit of money over the next couple hundred years is going to fix a problem that could be remedied by just passing smarter policies and being more thoughtful with respect to the promises we make and the things we do financially in this state.”

You can hear his full comment towards the end of this clip:

While Bevin is opposed, several Kentucky lawmakers have said they will pursue the legalization of sports betting. Among those is Senator Julian Carroll, who pre-filed a bill in the fall to be ready for today’s events, but it did not pass.

Forbes names Lexington a cheap summer destination recently named some of America’s best places to visit on a budget this summer, and Lexington made the list.

In an article titled “Cheap Summer Travel: 23 Places To Go In 2018,” a writer out of Nashville nominates Lexington for its bourbon trails and distillery district, as well as the ice cream, local art and much more.

Where: Lexington, Kentucky

Chosen By: Nashville-based Kristin Luna is a journalist by profession, a Southerner by birth and a boss woman who runs the travel and lifestyle site Camels & Chocolate, where she shares her adventures around the South (and beyond).

Why: As a Southerner who grew up nearby in Tennessee, I somehow didn’t discover Lexington until my 30s — and once I did, I loved it so much that I wound up traveling there four times over a two-year period. My husband and I are big fans of bourbon, so the easy access to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail was what originally attracted us to the area — Woodford Reserve being a favorite and the new Castle & Key just down the road from there poised to be the next big “it” distillery. But it’s all the developments within the city itself that have kept us coming back time after time. Lexington has the same appeal as Austin, Texas, but without the price point. Hotels are still affordable, and you can cover plenty of ground downtown on your own two feet, which makes tackling the Brewgrass Trail pretty handy. (And if you don’t want to walk, I highly recommend the Thirsty Peddler as your mode of transportation!) My favorite neighborhood is the Distillery District, anchored by the old James E. Pepper Distilling Co., which originally was built following the Civil War and just reopened its doors a few months ago. The area also boasts the best ice cream, Crank & Boom, and a killer brewery, Ethereal. But best of all, there’s plenty to do that’s free, like participating in Visit Lex’s Mural Challenge and tracking down as many of the 100+ art installations woven through the city as you can find. Bonus: They make for great Instagram fodder.

Other popular cities on the list include Boise, Nashville, Panama City and St. Louis. I’ve already been to all four this year, so does that make me cheap or efficient?

See them all here.

Do the right thing, Kentucky

Ethan Miller | Getty Images

Sports betting is now legal and will soon be a common experience for sports fans. It will change the way we consume games, whether you have money on the line or not. Most professional leagues (if not all professional leagues) will embrace the gambling side of their respective sport. The networks will put an emphasis on the spread in each game, and handicapping will become a large portion of your favorite sports shows. Broadcasters will no longer make passing references to the backdoor cover; they will say it straight into the microphone when that meaningless field goal flips the betting outcome. Everything is about to change.

The biggest change, though, will be the economical impact on the states that embrace sports betting. New Jersey is ready to go and will be taking your bets in time for the NBA Finals. Other states, including West Virginia, are ready to capitalize on the new opportunity to rake in millions of dollars. And they will rake in millions and millions of dollars annually. New Jersey officials think they can bring in $8 billion in bets per year. Billion. Imagine all of the money those bettors will spend on hotels, food, booze and other forms of tourism, too.

But in Kentucky, I’m afraid we’ll be left behind. We’ll see West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio build massive sports books that many of us will drive across state lines to visit. We’ll dump our money into the neighboring sports books the way we already dump our money into those nasty, smokey casinos that nobody really wants to visit anyway. Imagine all of the people already leaving Kentucky to pull a slot machine lever, and then double or triple or quadruple that number to get the waves of sports fans leaving Kentucky to place a bet on the Wildcats. It will happen if Kentucky doesn’t answer the bell and reap the benefits of this new legalization of sports gambling.

Imagine going to Red Mile on your way to Rupp Arena for that Tuesday night game. Red Mile could be a gold mine in this basketball-crazed city/state. March Madness alone could bring in so much money (money this state desperately needs) if Kentucky jumped on board. The states that do it first will own the sports gambling scene in each region by becoming a destination spot for sports fans. Why couldn’t Kentucky be the one to do it?

Unfortunately, we all know what will happen here in the Bluegrass. We’ll watch state after state do it first until it’s too late to become a major player. My guess is Kentucky will be the 50th state to legalize it, probably sometime in the year 2045.

But hey, horse racing! Right?

Do the right thing, Kentucky.

Supreme Court lifts ban on sports betting (LESSGOOOOOO)

Today is a monumental day for people who like to bet on sports.

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that the federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional. In a 7-2 vote decision, Supreme Court justices threw out the 25-year-old law that prohibited gambling anywhere outside of Nevada.

Each individual state can now do as it pleases when it comes to sports betting, and many are already prepared to jump on board and capitalize on the opportunity. New Jersey, which won the battle to change the law, is expected to have its sports books up and running within the next couple of weeks.

Your move, Kentucky.