Kentucky

7:42am

Sat May 4, 2013
Sports

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 11:21 am

Stephen Johnstone and his niece, Sarah, crashed the Kentucky Derby celebration together in 2008.
Courtesy of Stephen Johnstone

On Saturday night, 150,000 people will pack Louisville's Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. But only a few will celebrate the victory from the winner's circle.

Stephen Johnstone has experienced that celebration many times. He's been in the winner's circle with the winning families, jockeys and governors — but not once was he invited.

Johnstone is a retired gate-crasher. The first time he crashed the Kentucky Derby was in 1963. Johnstone and several college friends slipped underneath a fence at Churchill Downs.

Read more
Tags: 

1:45pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Code Switch

A Black Jockey At The Kentucky Derby, Once Again

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 4:41 am

Kevin Krigger rides Goldencents during a six-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in January.
Benoit Photo AP

The Kentucky Derby's 139th running is this weekend, and it will feature a sight that's been a rarity in the race for much of the past century — an African-American jockey.

"Everything that comes with the Derby right now for me is not the same as the majority of the other riders, or any other riders, because I'm the only African-American rider in the race," Kevin Krigger says.

Krigger was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but he's been racing in California. He's the first African-American jockey to ride in the Derby in more than a decade.

Read more

9:41am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Two-Way

3 Horses To Know In The Kentucky Derby

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 7:27 am

Goldencents training at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2013. Note: Due to an error in information provided by Getty Images, the original image with this post was of Golden Soul during one of its training sessions. We removed that image at 9:25 a.m. ET on May 5 and replaced it with this photo.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

This is a post for everyone (like us) who tunes into horse racing just once a year, on the first Saturday in May when the Kentucky Derby is run. Here are three horses that those who pay much closer attention say you should know about:

Read more
Tags: 

9:39am

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Charges Possible In Death Of Ky. 2-Year-Old Shot By Brother

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 10:23 am

The home in Kentucky's Cumberland County where a 2-year-old girl was shot by her 5-year-old brother with a gun he'd been given as a gift. Investigators say the shooting Tuesday was accidental, but there is a chance some charges might be filed.
Dylan Lovan AP

The heartbreaking death of a 2-year-old Kentucky girl who was shot and killed Tuesday by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle he had been given as a gift might lead to criminal charges.

The Lexington Herald-Leader writes that "Kentucky State Police said Wednesday it is too early to say whether charges will be filed in the case of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister."

Read more
Tags: 

4:53am

Mon April 29, 2013
Around the Nation

Pitino Keeps Promise, Gets Tattoo

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 6:00 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Once Louisville won the NCAA men's basketball title, there was only one thing for Rick Pitino to do. He promised his players that if they won, he'd get a tattoo. We do not know if Pitino had second thoughts in the final seconds of the win over Michigan, but now the coach has done it. A Louisville spokesman tweeted a photo of the 60-year-old coach's back. It is now marked with the team record, 35-and-five, along with a blood-red letter L.

Read more

Pages