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Wednesday, May 12, 1897, Typhoon II beat five others to win the 23rd Kentucky Derby. For the 2nd year, Churchill used the classic 1 ¼ miles. This year, the field went in 2:12 ½ on a heavy track. Julius C. Cahn owned and trained the colt with Fred Garner up to win $4,850. Typhoon II was the last of three Derby winners bred in Tennessee.
On Wednesday, May 12, 1909, the Preakness returned to Pimlico and has stayed ever since. Effendi won with Willie Doyle up. Pimlico made it a one-mile race, used once before in 1910. Several traditions enjoyed today came from the spontaneity of the 1909 Preakness renewal. For example, the musical rendering of Maryland My Maryland began when a bugler, moved by the day’s spirit, began playing Maryland’s historic state song. Inspired by the music, the rest of the band joined in, and the crowd reacted enthusiastically. This Preakness also inaugurated the “painting of the colors” atop the weather vane to honor the winning horse.
May 12, 1917, Kalitan won the 42nd Preakness Stakes, one of two times the Derby and Preakness ran on the same day. Kalitan became the 1st Preakness winner to receive the most valuable trophy in sports, the Woodlawn Vase.
Kentucky Trivia: Tiffany and Company created the Woodlawn Vase in 1860 for the Woodlawn Racing Association in Louisville. Caretakers buried it to keep it from falling into the wrong hands during the Civil War. Starting in 1866, several tracks honored their stakes winners with the trophy; including tracks in Louisville, New Jersey, Coney Island, and finally staying in Baltimore in 1917.
May 12, 1917, Omar Khayyam, foaled in England, won the 43rd Kentucky Derby and became the 1st foreign bred horse to win the Roses. The winning connections of owner C. K. G. Billings and Frederick Johnson, trainer Charles T. Patterson, and jockey Charles Borel won their only Derby and earned $16,600. Omar Khayyam came to America as a yearling due to wartime conditions in England.
Monday, May 12, 1924, Nellie Morse won the 49th Preakness Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. From 1911 to 1924, the 1/8 distance determined the winner. In 1925, the distance would change to 1 3/16 miles, the distance today; however, Pimlico would still experiment with other distances in the coming years.
On May 12, 1954, Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington opened its door to the 1st patients. It took six years to build the new hospital due to fundraising efforts. The H-shaped facility began with 173 beds and 25 bassinets.
May 12, 1979, Patrolman Albert Berry Sallee, Jr., Louisville Police Department, died in a motorcycle accident. All of the motorcycle officers had just been instructed to return to the station to pick up automobiles because of rain.
May 12, 1982, Harlan County Sherriff Paul Browning claimed a sniper shot him. His deputy claimed he shot himself. The shooting happened when Browning was on trial for plotting to kill two Harlan County officials. Fast forward to 2008, Browning died from a gunshot wound to the head; his murderer then burned his body.
On May 12, 1987, candidate Wallace Wilkerson asked Steve Beshear and John Y. Brown, also running for governor, to stop the negative ads about gambling and cocaine during a primary debate; neither committed. Brown attempted to regain his governorship, but Steve Beshear attacked him relentlessly. Wally distinguished himself from the field by advocating for a state lottery and, with a late surge, defeated Brown, his closest competitor, by a margin of 58,000 votes.
In the May 12, 2008, edition of The Jerusalem Post, President G. Bush said in a White House interview, “I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.”
May 12, 2008, Shirley Cunningham, Jr., William Gallion, and Melbourne Mills, Jr. go on trial for the infamous Fen-phen scandal and their Unbridled Greed. Mr. Mills’s lawyer said his client was too drunk to be guilty. The three lawyers supposedly bilked their clients out of $94 million in settlement money.
May 12, 2011, former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge admitted in federal court that he was involved in numerous illegal activities during his tenure as sheriff, including conspiracy to commit extortion, distribute oxycodone, and money laundering.
On May 12, 2016, ex-President Bill Clinton popped in on Thursday Night Live in Lexington. He campaigned in the Commonwealth twice in one week for his wife’s May 17 primary race. President Clinton repealed the Glass Steagall Act in 1999, enabling Wall Street to gamble on new-found bank money. Now the taxpayers bail them out every ten years, which some people call socialism.
On May 12, 2017, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 2-1, sided with a clothing company that refused to print gay pride 2012 t-shirts because the owner had religious objections to “pride in being gay.” Meanwhile, a judge admitted he accepted $609,000 in bribes from convicted lawyer Eric Conn to approve requests for disability benefits.
On May 12, 2020, as Kentucky reopened, Governor A. Beshear announced 191 new positive cases and ten new deaths for 6,853 and 321 totals. Also, a Boone County man became one of several plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Andy for his bans on mass gatherings and its possible implications for political rallies and protests.
On May 12, 2020, Dr. Fauci testified before the US Senate that officials underestimated the current 80,000 Americans who had died from coronavirus and warned against the “really serious” consequences of reopening too soon. He then warned against the relaxation of social distancing and was “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine would be effective and achieved within 1 or 2 years.
On May 12, 2021, many Kentuckians went into panic mode and bought all the gasoline they could find after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. State Transportation Secretary Jim Gray declared a state of emergency to speed up gas delivery to Kentucky. The order waived restrictions on how long a truck driver could drive. Meanwhile President Biden and Senator McConnell met for the 1st time since Biden took office. The two have worked together for 35 years and both men are accountable to the same donors.
May 12, 2022, a day after AG Daniel Cameron announced his campaign for governor, his rival party filed an ethics complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. They claimed Cameron violated the law by investigating the current governor in his role as attorney general. Through a spokesman, Cameron said the complaint was a “joke,” and Beshear was acting “desperate.”