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Battaglia’s Turfway Park selections for Saturday, provided for use with online wagering platforms

*Editor’s note: Turfway Park has made the decision to run all remaining races during the Winter/Spring meet spectator-free. Daily simulcasting at Turfway is also closed for the remainder of the Winter/Spring meet. Fans who would like to bet on Turfway races can go to TwinSpires.com, to set up an online wagering account. Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the...

Battaglia’s Turfway Park selections for Friday, provided for use with online wagering platforms

*Editor’s note: Turfway Park has made the decision to run all remaining races during the Winter/Spring meet spectator-free. Daily simulcasting at Turfway is also closed for the remainder of the Winter/Spring meet. Fans who would like to bet on Turfway races can go to TwinSpires.com, to set up an online wagering account. Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the...

Billy Reed: In times like these, we really need baseball to lift our spirits — and there is a precedent

I am well aware that during this Coronavirus catastrophe, sports journalists are high on the list of unnecessary workers. Many of our most hallowed sporting events have been canceled or postponed. Without sports, who needs sports journalists? However, I am holding out hope that our government and major-league baseball can work out something soon to let the games on in, even in near-empty stadiums....

Don Owen: Yes, the sports world is on hiatus and we’re all worried, but here is a story of perspective

Everyone is frightened right now. All of us. While we wait out the pandemic and pray for the best, the ultimate escape from everyday worries in the United States — sports — is also on hiatus. How many of you had today and Friday reserved for vacation? Given this would have been the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, probably a number of you were expecting to enjoy two whole days and evenings...

Mike Battaglia’s Turfway Park selections for Thursday, provided for use with online wagering platforms

*Editor’s note: Turfway Park has made the decision to run all remaining races during the Winter/Spring meet spectator-free. Daily simulcasting at Turfway is also closed for the remainder of the Winter/Spring meet. Fans who would like to bet on Turfway races can go to TwinSpires.com, to set up an online wagering account. Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the...

SEC blows final whistle — officially cancels all of its remaining athletics events due to COVID-19

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference officially canceled all of its remaining athletic events Tuesday. The league announced all regular season conference and non-conference games, including spring football games and pro-day activities have been canceled because of “continuing developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).” “This is a difficult day for all of us,...

Thomas More standout forward Schultz named honorable mention NAIA All-American by WBCA

NKyTribune staff Thomas More women’s basketball player Emily Schultz has been named an honorable mention NAIA All-American by the WBCA. Schultz, a senior forward from Bishop Brossart High School, started all 32 games for the Saints, averaging 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. She led the Mid-South Conference in rebounding and field-goal percentage (58.3 percent). Thomas More’s Emily...

Authentic takes sole lead in NTRA top 3-Year-Old Poll; Midnight Bisou is still top thoroughbred

While a pair of his stablemates posted impressive on-track wins this past weekend, the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic scored a victory in his own right without leaving his stall as he gained the outright lead in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. NTRA Top 3-year-Old Poll (click to enlarge). The undefeated Authentic tied for the top spot with Tiz the Law...

Season over early but Calipari to keep in touch with team via calls, texts; Pitino hired at Iona in New York

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reality is beginning to sink in for Kentucky coach John Calipari. After both the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA Tournaments were canceled last week, because of coronavirus concerns, Calipari came to the realization Saturday the team’s season ended following last week’s 71-70 win over Florida in Gainesville.   “It kind of hit me this morning that my time to...

Don Owen: Gateway into March Madness is closed, but an uplifting NCAA experience is still possible

Selection Sunday is normally a time of bracket-filling anticipation and great joy for college basketball fans. For obvious reasons, the gateway into March Madness was closed off this year, causing a premature ending to the 2019-20 hoops season. Nothing can bring it back. In the meantime, assuming something resembling normalcy returns by the beginning of the 2020-21 season, here are a few ideas on how...

Field Pass in Jeff Ruby Steaks, Queen of God in Bourbonette give Maker sweep of Turfway’s points races

NKyTribune staff The $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday came down to a battle between the bettors’ top two choices trained by the meet’s top two trainers, with 7-2 Field Pass getting up in the final jump to defeat 6-5 favorite Invader by a neck and give trainer Mike Maker his sixth victory in the race. Invader is trained by Wesley Ward, who currently leads the trainer standings...

Lots of exciting stakes action on Jeff Ruby undercard at Turfway Park Saturday, few there to see it

Turfway Park’s biggest day of racing was run without spectators Saturday, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Attendance was restricted to owners, trainers, essential personnel and credentialed media.  Jeff Ruby Steaks Day – the day in pictures. Posted by Mark Hansel on Saturday, March 14, 2020 Jeff Ruby Steaks Day – the day in pictures. Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks Day...

Jeff Ruby Steaks winners battle in KY Cup Classic at Turfway Park; Foley has Bango in Animal Kingdom

*Editor’s note: Turfway Park will run the Jeff Ruby Steaks, and all other remaining races, spectator-free. Daily simulcasting at Turfway is also closed for the remainder of the Winter/Spring meet. Fans who would like to bet on the Jeff Ruby Steaks card can go to TwinSpires.com, to set up an online wagering account. The $150,000 TwinSpires Kentucky Cup Classic on the Jeff Ruby Steaks undercard promises...

Battaglia’s Turfway Park picks for Jeff Ruby Steaks Day, for use with online wagering platforms

*Editor’s note: Turfway Park has made the decision to run the Jeff Ruby Steaks, and all other remaining races, spectator-free. Daily simulcasting at Turfway is also closed for the remainder of the Winter/Spring meet. Fans who would like to bet on the Jeff Ruby Steaks card can go to TwinSpires.com, to set up an online wagering account. Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and...

Prep Sports Notebook: High-scoring guard named 9th Region Player of the Year by boys coaches

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Highlands junior guard Sam Vinson, the leading scorer in Northern Kentucky high school basketball this season, was voted 9th Region Player of the Year by local coaches. Vinson scored 791 points in 32 games for a 24.7 average that ranked No. 9 in that state. He also pulled down 8.7 rebounds per game for his Highlands team that made it to the 9th Region final...