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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Caroline Louise Dudley better known as Mrs. Leslie Carter, born in 1857.

Wednesday, June 10, 1868, General Duke beat five others to win the 2nd Belmont Stakes.  Lexington’s son covered the 1 5/8 miles in 3.03.00 to win $2,800.  The Preakness began in 1873 and the Derby in 1875.

June 10, 1871, 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.  Lexington native Lt. Hugh Wilson McKee died, one of three Americans.

June 10, 1883, Fulton County lynched Henry Colbert, a black male for an attempted rape, the 9th recorded Kentucky lynching from 1882 through 1921.

June 10, 1888, Henderson County lynched James Foster, a black male for rape.  This 36th recorded lynching in Kentucky.

Tuesday, June 10, 1890, Morris Park Racecourse hosted both the 1 ½ miles Preakness and 1 ¼ miles 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 won the 25th Belmont Stakes by a neck going 1 ¼ miles in 2:08 ¾ on a good track.  The winner took home $5,070.  Garrison up, trained by M. Donavan, and owned by C.E. Rand.   The Preakness did not run.

June 10, 1899, an assailant sniped Tom Baker while being protected by the National Guard at the Clay County Courthouse in Manchester.  Mr. Baker testified in the Wilson Howard murder trial.  Much of the Baker-Howard Feud died after these events.

June 10, 1938, Hollywood Park held their opening day.

June 10, 1944, Brownie, Bossuet, and Wait a Bit made turf history before 25,386 rain-coated Aqueduct customers.  They finished in a triple dead heat in the 46th running of the Carter Handicap.

June 10, 1951, Marine Corps CPL Robert L. Allender from Pewee Valley in Oldham County died in the Korean War.

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.

June 10, 1952, Air Force SSGT Thoma J. Pettit from Covington died in the Korean War.

June 10, 1953, Army CPL Donald L. Menken from Letcher County died in the Korean War.

June 10, 1965, Army PFC Walter R. Gray from Big Clifty in Grayson County died in the Vietnam War.

June 10, 1968, Marine Corps LCPL Roger T. Burrows from Georgetown and Army SGT Kenneth D. Hinkle from Manchester, died in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Ft. Knox native Mike Doughty, born in 1970.  An indie and alternative rock musician, his songs played on TV shows such as Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars, and many others.

On June 10, 1971, a group of black athletic officials, athletic directors, and parents filed suit in U.S. District Court to end what they called the “racially discriminatory policies” of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.  Meanwhile in Washington, the Federal Trade Commission told U.S. corporations they had to substantiate their advertising claims.

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, 1982, scientists announced the discovery of the oldest fossil remains of a human ancestor, a four-foot “apeman” with the brain of a chimpanzee but the upright stance of a man.  The creature may have lived four million years ago.

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 bonus payments rewarded the lobbyist for repealing state hospital regulations.

Kentucky Trivia:  Bruce D. Broussard Humana CEO made over $16 million in 2021.  Other Humana executive 2021 salaries:  Brian A. Kane CFO over $5.5 million, Timothy S. Huval Chief Administrative Officer over $3 million, William K. Fleming Pharmacy Solutions over $3 million, T. Alan Wheatley Retail President over $4 million, and Susan M. Diamond (CFO) over $4 million.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Tyler Matl, born in 1994.  Tyler for his singles “Gravity” and “All I Ever Wanted,” earned several Awards and reached top 10 statuses around the globe.

June 10, 1995, Kentucky bred, Keeneland graduate, and Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch won the $692,400 Belmont Stakes over 10 others in 2:32.02.  He finished 3rd to his stablemate Timber County in the Preakness.  The victory made Lukas the first trainer to sweep the Triple Crown in the same year with different horses.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Colton Ryan, born in 1995.  Colton is an actor known for his performance as Connor Murphy, in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

June 10, 2000, Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate Commendable won the 132nd Belmont Stakes over ten others for a $1,000,000 purse.  D. Wayne Lukas, Mr. & Mrs. Lewis, and Pat Day completed the winning connections.  Derby and Preakness winners Fusaichi Pegasus and Red Bullet skipped the race, not since 1970 had both winners missed the 3rd leg.  Commendable snapped a six-race losing streak; his last win was his maiden win in August.  He paid $39.40.

On June 10, 2006, Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate Jazil won the Belmont Stakes to give Sheikh Hamdan of Shadwell Farm his 1st U.S. Classic.  The sheik bought him from Lane’s End consignment for $725,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale.  Jazil’s half-sister Rags to Riches won the Test of Champions the following year.

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, 2013, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray unveiled designs for a $330 million renovation and redesign of Rupp Arena and the Civic Center.  The project is very close to completion.

June 10, 2016, Louisville welcomed home their favorite 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.