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Wednesday, June 10, 1868, General Duke beat five others to win the 2nd Belmont Stakes. Lexington’s son covered the 1 5/8 mile race in 3.03.00 to win $2,800. The Preakness began in 1873 and the Derby in 1875.
June 10, 1871, Lexington native Lt. Hugh Wilson McKee was one of three Americans killed when Korea attacked the U.S. Navy. The U.S. traveled to Korea to establish trade and political relations, when the trip suddenly turned violent. Six hundred and fifty Americans landed and killed over 200 natives.
Tuesday, June 10, 1890, Morris Park Racecourse hosted both the 1 ½ mile Preakness and 1 ¼ mile Belmont Stakes. The Preakness ran for three-year-olds and upward for the only time. None of the Derby horses ran in either race.
Wednesday, June 10, 1891, Foxford wins the 25th Belmont Stakes by a neck going 1 ¼ in 2:08 ¾ on a good track. The value to the winner was $5,070. Garrison up, trained by M. Donavanand owned by C.E. Rand. The Preakness did not run this year.
June 10, 1899, Tom Baker, on trial for the murder of Wilson Howard, was sniped by an unknown assailant while being protected by the National Guard at the Clay County Courthouse in Manchester. Much of the fury of the Baker-Howard Feud died with him.
June 10, 1944, Brownie, Bossuet and Wait a Bit, respectively, made turf history before 25,386 rain-coated Aqueduct customers. They finished in a triple dead heat in the 46th running of the $10,000 added Carter Handicap.
June 10, 1952, geologist and engineer, Willard Rouse Jillson, wrote his introduction to his book, The First Oil Well in Kentucky. The book details the story of the Beatty oil well in Wayne, now McCreary County in 1818.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Ft. Knox native Mike Doughty, born in 1970. An Indie and alternative rock musician, his songs were featured on Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars, and many other TV shows.
June 10, 1975, three witnesses wanting to oust their boss, Henry E. Cowan, Superintendent of the Kentucky State Penitentiary, gave secret testimony to the Governor’s Select Commission. Critics of Cowan’s administration said he was inept and corrupt.
June 10, 1992, a federal audit showed Humana Inc. improperly billed Medicare $20,700,000 in 1990. The illegal cost included: motel rooms, $100 bills for Derby guests, and country club dues for their lobbyist. The payments to the lobbyist were bonuses for repealing state hospital regulations.
Kentucky Trivia: Humana 2020 executive compensation: CEO Bruce D. Broussard – $16M, CFO Brian A. Kane – $5.5M, Segment President, Retail T. Alan Wheatley – $4.1M, Chief Administrative Officer Timothy S. Huval – $3.5M and PharmD, Segment President, Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions William K. Fleming – $3.3M.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Tyler Matl, born in 1994. Tyler for his singles “Gravity” and “All I Ever Wanted,” which earned several Awards reached top 10 statuses around the globe.
June 10, 2009, after months of on-and-off negations, House and Senate leaders shook hands on an agreement to change Kentucky’s public retirement system in an effort aimed at staving off financial ruin.
June 10, 2016, Louisville welcomes home a favored hometown son one last time. The 23-mile long Muhammad Ali funeral procession included a drive by of his childhood room on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery.
June 10, 2020, three months after Breonna Taylor died, the Louisville Police Department released the incident report. The four-page report lacked details and only contained the essential facts already known to the public. The same police department also announced they would no longer use tear gas on protestors unless specifically ok’d by the chief. Meanwhile, in Frankfort, Governor A. Beshear justified the National Guard’s killing of Louisville restaurant owner David McAtee.