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American Pharoah is the Kentucky Sportsman of the Year


After being snubbed as the sportsman of the year by Sports Illustrated, Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah is Kentucky’s Horseman Sportsman of the Year.

The Herald-Leader’s 35th Sportsman of the Year is the first horse to win the award; the only other to come close was Sunday Silence’s 4th place finish in 1989.  He received a record 141 first-place votes on the 163-person ballot.  Only 13 people didn’t put AP on their ballot.

John Calipari finished second in voting.  Just behind him were two from Western Kentucky; QB Brandon Doughty finished third and head coach Jeff Brohm was fourth.

Others on the ballot — high school football stars and UK commits, Landon Young and Kash Daniel; UK track star Kendra Harrison; Belfry High School football coach Philip Haywood; NCAA women’s golf champion Emma Talley; UofL swimmer Kelsi Worrell and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for American Pharoah is the Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

  1. bballdoc
    9:55 pm January 26, 2016 Permalink

    If you have ever cared about thoroughbred horse racing, 2015 was a historic year. The sport may not have same national relevance as it once did, but believe me, it is important to the bluegrass region of Kentucky. It is a subculture that means everything to a lot of people here, and the revenue from breeding and selling horses contributes to our economy

  2. Cousins Fake Tooth
    5:15 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

    Congrats to Cal for winning KY Sportsman of the Year! Sorry, animal’s do not count. Will Rin Tin Tin win next year?