Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
May 8, 1915, Regret won the 41st running of the Kentucky Derby, the first filly to do so. She generated significant publicity for the race. Churchill Downs president Matt Winn observed that because of Regret’s win, “the Derby was thus made an American institution.” Owner Harry Payne Whitney bred the filly in New Jersey and won his 1st Derby of two; he entered 19 horses throughout his life. Trainer James G. Rowe Sr. and jockey Joe Notter helped the filly run in 2:05.40 which earned $11,450.
May 8, 1920, Paul Jones won the 46th Kentucky Derby for owner Ral Parr, jockey Ted Rice, and trainer William M. Garth in 2:09 and won $30,375. John Madden bred the colt. Man o’ War did not run. Owner Sam Riddle did not like racing in Kentucky, nor did he think three-year-olds were ready to go 10 furlongs as early as May. He would change his mind by the time War Admiral came around. Man o’ War stayed in the east and prepared for the Preakness. Harry Payne Whitney’s Upset comes in 2nd by a nose to Paul Jones and a length and a half to Man o’ War in Maryland.
On May 8, 1928, Sheriff Arthur J. Brookshire, Estill County Sheriff’s Department, died by bootleggers during an investigation. He and the Irvine Police Chief had stopped a couple on horseback, and the sheriff asked to search the wife’s saddlebags. The husband refused without a warrant so the Chief returned to town to obtain a one. When they returned, they found Sheriff Brookshire dead from a gunshot.
May 8, 1937, War Admiral won the 63rd Kentucky Derby for Samuel D. Riddle’s Glen Riddle Farm and trainer George Conway. The jockey, Charles Kurtsinger, won his 2nd derby. The son of Man o’ War went in 2:03 1/5 and earned $52,050. He later became the 4th Triple Crown winner. The record crowd saw the 1st woman to saddle a Derby starter; Mary Hirsch owned and trained No Sir.
Kentucky Trivia: In 1951, Sam Riddle’s estate auction sold his Derby trophy. Whoever bought it sold it later at a New Orleans pawn shop. Churchill Downs then repurchased it for $1,200 even though it was missing both handles and the lid affixed to the cup’s lid.
May 8, 1950, Covington gamblers, large and small, ignored a shutdown ultimatum by police Chief Schild for 11:00 a.m. By noon, customers had packed several facilities playing the ponies, blackjack, and craps throughout the Northern Kentucky strip.
May 8, 2020, the planned spring commencement day; however, UK canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, publicly traded ARC Coal Company received $2.7 million from a government pandemic relief program. ARC months earlier refused to pay their miners and only did so after employees blocked the trains from hauling their coal to market.
May 8, 2021, the state announced the Workers’ Comp Fund paid more than $860,000 to dead people. The story behind the incompetence is disconcerting. Communities began to reopen slowly to get ready for outdoor summer activities.