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June 6, 1896, Heavy Favorite, Margrave gives five pounds to his three competitors to win the 21st Preakness Stakes. The 1 1/16 mile went in 1:51 to win $1,500. Harry Griffin, from New York City, rode the winner. The Belmont ran four days earlier and the Derby one month earlier.
June 6, 1919, Samuel D. Riddle’s Man o’ War made his racing debut at Belmont Park, going on a straight course of 5 furlongs against other two-year-olds. Despite having jockey Johnny Loftus using much restraint throughout the race, Man o’ War won by a comfortable six lengths and made quite an impression in the papers. Man o’ War won $500.00. Just three days later he won his second race at odds of 7-10.
June 6, 1931, Special Deputy Ed Stephens and Deputy Constable Posey Scott Floyd County Constable’s Office, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect. They encountered several members of the man’s family during the search and a shootout followed.
June 6, 1932, Sam Jennings publicly hanged in Hardinsburg after having been convicted of rape. Between 1920 and 1938, a Kentucky statute permitted a jury to impose public hanging for the crime of rape. The hanging was the second last public execution in America, the last of which was that of Rainey Bethea, carried out four years later in Owensboro.
June 6, 1936, Granville wins the 68th Belmont Stakes by a nose over Mr. Bones going the 1 1/16 mile in 1:45 to win $29,800. Thirty-five days earlier he finished last in the Derby and on May 16th he finished second in the Preakness.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Falmouth native Phillip Allen Sharp, born in 1944. Dr. Sharp is a geneticist and molecular biologist who co-discovered RNA splicing. He shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Richard J. Roberts.
June 6, 1980, after denying knowledge of payments twice while Governor, ex-Governor Julian Carroll, refreshed his memory in a courtroom and did remember discussing with two state officials, while Governor, a controversial payment. The payment was made by a Paducah car dealer while receiving a state truck contact. Carroll was testifying in the car dealer’s theft by deception trial that happened during his administration.
June 6, 1996, Governor Martha Layne Collins accepted a new job with the University of Kentucky as Director of International Business and Management Center. She left her job as president of St. Catherine College after six years.
June 6, 1998, Victory Gallop wins the 130th Belmont Stakes in 2:29.16 to win $600,000. Gary Stevens wins his second of three Belmonts on the Canadian bred. Trainer Elliott Walden placed second in the Derby and Preakness behind Real Quiet.
June 6, 2006, Lexington Legends starting pitcher Roger Clemens was joined by the Legends mascots and 8-year-old Jonah Dixon, a member of the Southwest Lexington Reds, for the National Anthem before he pitched.
June 6, 2020, Stuart Chaifetz, a Showing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK) investigator, placed a call to the Kentucky State Police informing them of a cockfight in progress in a barn behind Honest Abe’s bar at 303 Low Gap Road in Pine Knot. A SHARK camera captured two State Police cars arriving at the cockfight scene––and then backing aside to allow 33 vehicles, primarily new-looking pickup trucks, to leave.
Kentucky Trivia: Dogfighting is a felony under Kentucky law. However, cockfighting Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail under the definition of second-degree cruelty to animals, “causing an animal to fight for pleasure or profit.” Cockfighting is a felony in Virginia and most other states, so cockfighters come to Kentucky because of the lesser charge.