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.