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May 21, 1860, Woodlawn Race Course Association, also known as Saratoga of the West, held their 1st day of racing in Louisville, a track of significant importance during the 1860s. Organized competitive horse racing in Kentucky was relatively young when they opened. Woodlawn would close ten years later.
Kentucky Trivia: A surviving remnant of the Woodlawn Race Course is their trophy, the Woodlawn Vase, the most valuable trophy in sports. Kentuckian Robert Atchison Alexander commissioned Tiffany and Company to craft the trophy, 1st presented at Woodlawn in 1861. It now serves as the model for half-size replicas given to the annual winner of the Preakness Stakes.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Shelbyville native and 38th governor (1915-19) Augustus Owsley Stanley, born in 1867. U.S. Congressman Stanley drove the U.S. Supreme Court to break up the American Tobacco Company’s monopoly in 1911. Next, he tackled the steel monopolies, gaining national fame.
Tuesday, May 21, 1878, around 6,000 people watched Day Star win the 4th Kentucky Derby against eight rivals going 1 ½ mile in 2:37 ¼, on a dusty track, to set a Derby record. The winning connections included owner Thomas J. Nichols from Bourbon County, trainer Lee Paul and jockey Jimmy Carter to win $2,970. John Clay, the son of statesman Henry Clay, bred Day Star.
May 21, 1900, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in favor of Governor Beckham, ending Kentucky’s greatest controversy. Governor Beckham would later win a special election held the following November. That Kentucky Campaign: Or, The Law, the Ballot and the People in the Goebel-Taylor Contest by R.E. Hughes, F.W. Schaefer and E.L. Williams
May 21, 1906, Special Deputy Sheriff Ward Pentz, Jessamine County Sheriff’s Department, died from an accidental gunshot when he dropped his revolver inside his buggy and it discharged, striking him in the stomach.
May 21, 1966, Muhammad Ali (24-0) fought Henry Cooper (33-11-1) in the Arsenal Football Stadium, London. After the controversial first fight, the 2nd was for the world title, but it was fairly anticlimactic. Cooper, who suffered from even minor cuts, succumbed again to his weakness, and a nasty cut over his left eye stopped the fight after six rounds.
May 21, 2000, twenty-two years after winning the Triple Crown and as a retired jockey, Steve Cauthen rode in a High Hope Steeplechase race at the Kentucky Horse Park. His daughter wanted to see him ride for the 1st time.
May 21, 2002, Kentucky received failing grades for dealing with mentally disabled citizens. We had the highest per person cost of an eight-state region. The population also had a higher risk of abuse. Meanwhile, three Louisville families accused a Lexington Catholic priest of sexual abuse while he worked in Louisville.
May 21, 2006, Barbaro underwent surgery on his rind right leg in Pennsylvania one day after the Preakness. Dr. Richardson, the chief surgeon, gave the operation a 50-50 chance of success. Barbaro died eight months and eight days later.
May 21, 2007, days before the Memorial Day weekend, state officials put on a tour of Lake Cumberland for reporters aboard a luxury houseboat that showcased abundant waters and refurbished boat ramps. The state worried the public would stay away after the U.S. Corps of Engineers lowered water levels due to a leak in Wolfe Creek Dam.
On May 21, 2008, gas in Kentucky reached $4.00 a gallon. In June 1979, gas cost $1 per gallon, and in May 2004, $2.00. Meanwhile, UK students showed off their solar car they entered in the American Solar Challenge race.
On May 21, 2019, AG Andy Beshear and Governor M. Bevin won their primaries, laying the groundwork for a bitter battle in the November general election, which had been festering for years. The two rivals who had sniped at each other from their 1st-floor offices in the Capitol settled their differences on election day.
May 21, 2021, Fayette County officials recommended 523 students from elementary to high school repeat their grade due to virus restrictions. Meanwhile, Kentucky and California clashed over a Kentucky LGBTQ law.
Sunday, May 22, 2022, in a country music showdown Noah Thompson won the 20th season of American Idol. The soft-spoken 22-year-old unassuming construction worker from Louisa sang Stay by Rihanna as his finale song.