Forrest Kaelin, Dean Of Kentucky Trainers, Dies At 83

first_img‘He was part of the Ellis community for more than 65 years and remains with us as an important and memorable part of our history’Forrest Kaelin, the dean of Kentucky horsemen and a fixture at Ellis Park for almost 70 years as a jockey and a trainer, died Thursday at his Louisville home. He was 83 and had been married to Betty Kaelin for 63 years.Kaelin, a native of Louisville, retired May 31 because failing health. He won 1,600 races out of 12,417 starters that earned $17.7 million in a training career that started in 1963, according to Equibase, the official industry data provider. Kaelin won the 1988 Ellis Park training title with 14 wins.“That was his life,” Betty Kaelin said of her husband’s long-time love affair with the sport. “He had a good life, he really did.”His best horse in recent years was Good Lord, a three-time winner of Ellis Park’s Don Bernhardt Memorial and for whom the track this year renamed that dirt sprint stakes, which was won last Sunday by Majestic Affair. Good Lord won 15 races and earnings of $803,305 while winning nine stakes, including the Don Bernhardt 2012-2014, the 2012 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, Churchill Downs’ 2014 Kelly’s Landing and the Mountaineer Mile twice.Kaelin’s last of four graded-stakes victories came in 1999 with Da Devil, who won Turfway Park’s Grade 2, $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at 65-1 odds, paying $132.80. Finishing third in the race was Cat Thief, who in his next start won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Equineline, whose statistics go back to 1976, show Kaelin as winning 38 stakes races dating to that time.At the time of his retirement, Kaelin had been at Churchill Downs longer than any other active trainer. He won the first two runnings (1982-’83) with 18-time winner Vodka Collins of what now is Churchill Downs’ Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap, the Midwest’s premier summer dirt stakes for older horses. Kaelin won 344 races at Churchill from the 1965 fall meet until his last winner on May 11, Shea’s Cool, ranking 14th all-time at the track. Shea’s Cool was also his last starter, finishing third at Churchill Downs on May 28.Another 62 of his victories as a trainer came at Keeneland, including the 1975 Phoenix Stakes with Delta Oil. Jockey statistics that pre-date Equibase’s data base are harder to come by, but Keeneland records show Kaelin won 10 races at the Lexington track as a jockey from 1953-1962.“He was just a legendary horseman around Kentucky,” said trainer Jimmy Baker, a long-time friend who helped oversee the stable after Kaelin shipped north from Tampa Bay Downs in the spring. “Everybody loved him, liked him and respected him.”Baker added with a laugh, “He was one of the few trainers who didn’t love having veterinarians in his barn. Everything was pretty much old-school and homemade remedies for everything.”In addition to Betty, Kaelin is survived by daughter Terry Hall, granddaughter Brittany Arnold, grandson David Hall II, great-grandchildren Cohl Knoth, Piper Knoth and J.J. Arnold, along with sisters Libby Funk, Margaret Tucker and Pat Bachmann and brother Clyde “Boots” Kaelin. He was preceded in death by granddaughter Ashley King.Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. ET Monday at Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville.“It’s a very sad day in the racing community,” said Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork. “Besides being a great horseman and very well-respected, Forrest was also one of the greatest people you could meet. He was part of the Ellis Park community for more than 65 years and remains with us as an important and memorable part of our history.”As a jockey, Kaelin was notable for riding 89 winners in 48 days at West Virginia’s Wheeling Downs at age 18, including six in a row on a single card. He rode for a decade before a serious spill sidelined him for almost a year. Betty ultimately convinced him to retire from the saddle and pursue a training career.Tampa Bay Downs racing secretary Allison De Luca first met Kaelin when she was racing secretary at the old Sportsman’s Park back in the 1980s.“Because he was a rider, I think that made him a better trainer,” De Luca said. “He knew all the riders and how they rode. But he was just a good horseman. The other thing about him is he cared about his horses, really loved them. One time I said, ‘What would you do if you hit the lottery?’ He said, ‘I wouldn’t do anything different. I want to see those heads poking out of those stalls.’ He was just a great guy. People always say that, but I really mean that.”Kaelin was a prodigious story-teller, who didn’t mind telling a story on himself. While he only had one Kentucky Derby starter, finishing 11th in 1997 with four-time stakes-winner Crimson Classic, he had a couple of “what if” brushes with greatness.Kaelin liked to recall how a gentleman from South America asked him to take his Venezuelan-based horse and train him in the United States for the 1971 Kentucky Derby.“Forrest got off the phone and said, ‘Who in the heck ever heard of a horse from wherever he was from coming over here and winning the Kentucky Derby?’” Betty said. “So when we’re sitting there watching Canonero II win the Kentucky Derby, I said, ‘Do you want me to push you or do you want to jump?’”Then in 1975, Kaelin went to buy a horse for a client, identifying two yearlings he liked. Betty says her husband wanted the one horse more than the other, but the owner didn’t have enough money to buy the horse who would sell for $17,500 and become 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.“So Forrest got the other one,” Betty said. Could the other horse run? “Heck no,” she said. “Not like Seattle Slew.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Garuda opens dialogue with sukuk holders as it struggles to pay dues

first_img“We offer three options and we have talked with our sukuk holders about how to deal with the situation. Hopefully, there will be a solution to this matter,” he told the press during a virtual briefing on Monday. Garuda Indonesia issued US$496.8 million in global sukuk on June 3, 2015, with a five-year tenure and an annual return of 5.95 percent, according to the company’s financial report released in September last year.However, the airline has struggled to maintain its cashflow with the number of flights nosediving due to the implementation of large scale social restrictions across the country and the imposition of travel bans by various countries to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Garuda Indonesia recently sent a letter to its sukuk holders on the repayment. In the letter dated April 29, which was signed by Garuda finance director Fuad Rizal, the company admitted that the pandemic had created an extremely challenging business environment for the airline. “In response to this, the company has been taking measures to ensure the well-being of its staff and customers while managing liquidity proactively amid the uncertainty the airline industry currently faces. The company continues to assess all its options to remain a going concern, in particular in relation to its sukuk due in June 2020,” stated Garuda. Garuda Indonesia has also appointed PJT Partners to facilitate the discussion between the airline and bond holders to find a solution to the problem. Apart from the negotiations, Irfan revealed during a hearing with lawmakers on April 27 that Garuda was considering taking out bank loans to help the company repay the sukuk.Read also: Indonesian air carriers report sharp decline in cargo trafficThe COVID-19 crisis has dealt a severe blow to Garuda and airlines around the world with the aviation industry recording a sharp decline in passenger numbers and revenue since February.According to presentation materials made available to lawmakers, Garuda estimates it suffered a 31.9 percent decline in passenger and cargo revenue in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The COVID-19 crisis has also forced Garuda to ground 100 of its 142 aircraft.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday that only 70 flights were scheduled daily across the entire the country, down from 79,000 daily flights before the virus outbreak.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is reaching out to the holders of its sukuk to hold a discussion on repayments due in June as the airline struggles to maintain cashflow amid the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said every time a sukuk due date was approaching, a company had three options to consider: repayment with a discount, full repayment or a payment extension.Read also: Garuda, ‘severely affected’ by COVID-19, may restructure bonds: Ministerlast_img read more

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FA fines Norwich over scuffle

first_imgNorwich have been fined £20,000 after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to their their players being involved in an stoppage-time scuffle against Cardiff. A confrontation blew up at the end of the goalless Premier League draw after Canaries midfielder Leroy Fer attempted to score from a throw-in when Cardiff had put the ball out for an injury – the effort was ruled out by the referee on the basis that he had not restarted play. An FA statement said: “Norwich City have been fined the standard penalty of £20,000 after admitting a breach of FA Rule E20(a) in relation to their game against Cardiff City on 26 October 2013. Press Associationcenter_img “The charge was that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in or around the 94th minute of this fixture.” Cardiff were also charged with the same breach which they have admitted. The club has, however, rejected the standard penalty and a hearing will now take place to determine their sanction. last_img read more

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Eleventh heaven: Badgers bully Buffalo

first_imgThings couldn’t have started any better for the No. 9 Wisconsin football team, and things couldn’t have ended any better for a senior class that will go down as one of the most successful ever. “It’s been a special season,” senior Mark Zalewski said. “It’s really been a special four years. It’s a special group.”After the seniors stormed out of the tunnel, having their names called out over the P.A. system individually, they struck faster than a lighting bolt, intercepting a pass on the first play from scrimmage and scoring a touchdown on the second.Only 56 seconds into the game, the Badgers had all the points they would need, as UW dropped a pesky Buffalo squad 35-3 at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday. The win virtually assures a return trip to the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day against an opponent from the Southeastern Conference.”I realized there are only four teams in the country that have won more than nine games in the last four years, and we were able to do that,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “We put ourselves in a position to be 11-1 and finish as strong as anybody in the country. We did it with a backup quarterback two weeks in a row. We are a very good football team that deserves as big of a venue as we can get.”The win gave Wisconsin (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) its first-ever 11th win in the regular season, adding yet another accomplishment to what has been a surprisingly successful season, that in any other year would have the Badgers all but a lock for a BCS bowl game. Instead, UW is left to only bang on the door futilely and prepare to make a third straight January bowl game for only the second time in school history.”I’m just happy at the way it ended,” said senior quarterback John Stocco, who was unable to play due to injury. “I think it’s a special group here.”Many of the seniors expressed that it was an emotional pre-game ceremony, and the Badgers played as such from the starting gun, as sophomore corner Jack Ikegwuonu intercepted a pass on Buffalo’s first play from scrimmage, giving UW possession on the 26-yard line. Junior quarterback Tyler Donovan then hit junior wideout Paul Hubbard across the middle of the field on the ensuing play, giving the Badgers a quick 7-0 lead. But Wisconsin would sputter for most of the first half, unable to build any offensive momentum and giving up a couple big plays to the Bulls.In fact, the game looked like it might turn against Wisconsin late in the first half. Holding a tenuous 7-3 lead, the Badgers turned the ball over after a short 22-yard punt bounced off of freshman Tyler Holland and was recovered by Buffalo. The Bulls then completed an awkward yet effective 43-yard screen pass that gave them first-and-goal at the UW 3-yard line.Faced with the threat of being down 10-3, the Badgers responded like they have all season and shut the door on Buffalo, blowing up three straight plays, and then watching Buffalo kicker Adam Tanalski miss wide left from 25 yards out.”We knew that the level that our defense has been playing at all season, it would really be an insult for them to get into the end zone,” Ikegwuonu said.Donovan played in place of Stocco for the second consecutive game and again made a strong case for the 2007 starting spot, throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-26 passing.”I can honestly say that in the back of my mind I was playing these last two games for him, because he has earned it,” Donovan said of Stocco’s last two games at Wisconsin.”Last week against Iowa, that’s unbelievable what he did,” Stocco said of his understudy. “And again this game, he just did awesome. Nobody deserves it more than he does.”Sophomore tight end Travis Beckum was again the dynamic force on the Badger offense, reeling in five catches for 135 yards, including a 62-yard bomb near the end of the first half that set up UW’s second touchdown and gave the Badgers breathing room.”We needed somebody to step up and take that role, and it just happened to be me,” Beckum said.Some players expressed frustration in the fact that they might be shut out of a BCS bowl game due to a technicality that allows only two teams from any conference to accept BCS bids.”I hate the BCS,” Ikegwuonu said. “It’s a shame the way it works. I can’t say enough about the way we played the season, as a unit … hopefully in the future there is a change to the system, because it’s real frustrating.”Nothing against the Capital One Bowl, I mean, it’s a great bowl and we’re going to play a great opponent, but I don’t know.”Still, most of the team expressed feelings of overall satisfaction as to how well the Badgers have played this season.”We tried for the Rose Bowl,” Beckum said. “We had a chance to beat Michigan, and we didn’t capitalize on it. But I still think we had a good season.””Coming into the season, not many people picked us to finish this high or with this good of a record,” senior Joe Stellmacher said. “It’s not disappointing. How can you be disappointed with an 11-1 record? We’re in a conference with the first- and second-ranked teams in the country. We’re not hanging our heads at all.”last_img read more

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UPDATED: White Rock rocks Trail Allstars at BC Little League Championships

first_imgWhite Rock scored runs in the first three innings en route to a 9-2 victory over West Kootenay Allstars from Trail on opening day at the BC Little League Championships Saturday in Victoria. Trail Allstars open BC Championships Saturday against White Rock The Trail Allstars, with players from Trail, Castlegar, Nelson Baseball Association and Salmo, open the BC Major Championships Saturday in Victoria with a game against White Rock. Trail also played in tournaments in Lethbridge and Kalispell, Montana. Trail Allstars now faces Little Mountain from Vancouver Monday at noon before playing Highlands, New Westminster, Layritz and host Beacon Hill to complete the round robin draw. The BC Champ represents the province at the Canadian Championships with the winner advancing to represent Canada in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania. Trail Allstars scored singles in the third and fourth to cut into the deficit. However, White Rock scored a pair in the top of the fifth to put the game away. The Trail Allstars include players, Cody Wert, Izack Dawson, Koa Wintraub of Nelson, Connor Stainer, Chance Fisher, Jake Maniago, Reid Gerrand, Brady Augustin of Nelson, Nathan Dann, Calvin Morrison, Landan Uzeloc, Aiden Paterson and Tyler O’Keefe. The Lower Mainland squad jumped on West Kootenay starter Koa Wintraub for a single in the first frame and four in the second to chase the Nelson pitcher from the game. The Major Allstars, ages 11-12 years, enter the tournament riding a 13-4 season record after clinching the Chewelah, Washington tournament title Sunday with a victory over Spokane Dodgers. Cody Wert had an RBI single for the Allstars. The BC Champ represents the province at the Canadian Championships with the winner advancing to represent Canada in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania. The Provincials are hosted by Beacon Hill in Victoria and runs to Sunday, July 30 when the tournament champion will be crowned. The coaching staff includes assistants Mike Boisvert, Jim Maniago and head coach DJ Ashman. Trail plays White Rock at 6 p.m. Saturday, then meets Little Mountain Monday at noon. The Allstars play Highlands Tuesday at noon; New Westminster Wednesday at 3 p.m.; host Beacon Hill Thursday at 6 p.m. before concluding the round robin draw with a game Friday at 3 p.m. against Layritz.last_img read more

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