• By Vanessa Seitz Midway, Correspondent

Midway News and Views

Midway News Midway Branch of the Woodford County Library – 10 year celebration Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the 10-year birthday celebration of the Midway Library! Branch Manager Stacy Thurman said, “We had roughly 150 people attend, and the weather cooperated beautifully! It was the perfect way to thank the community for 10 years of support. A good time was had by all.” Francisco’s Farm Art Fair at Midway College Just a few days until the 16th year of the Francisco’s Farm Art Fair presented by Midway Renaissance! An arts showcase with around 100 artists coming in from all over the nation, there will be approximately 16 food and beverage vendors, a great selection of musical entertainment and hands-on crafts. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, with free admission and just $5 per car to park. Please bring cash to pay for parking. Midway Block Party Also coming up is the first Block Party, presented by the Midway Business Association for 2019 on Saturday, May 25, in downtown Midway. The Block Party will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Come and enjoy Midway’s restaurants and local live music, food booths, craft vendors and children’s activities. Community Dinner Mark your calendars for the monthly Midway Community Dinner on May 27 at 6.30 p.m. Held at the Midway Christian Church on Bruen Street, the food is delicious, the company is first class and the event is a great way to meet your neighbors. All are welcome and the meal is free. Wine tastings at Wine and Wood The free wine tastings are back at Wine and Wood on Gratz Street! Every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. tastings will be available of wines from cabernet to pinot noir and rosé. Annie Jr. at Northside Elementary A free production of “Annie Jr.” will take place at Northside Elementary tonight, Thursday, May 16, and Friday, both at 6 p.m. The show will be Northside School’s second full-scale musical theatre production, following the success of last year’s “Aladdin Kids.” Performers will be from Northside’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. “’Annie Jr.” is a musical production with acting, singing and dancing. All the performers, stage crew and tech crew are students. “The kids have been working really hard on the musical since early February,” said Northside music teacher Erin Casimir. 2019 Memorial Day service The 2019 Memorial Day service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Veterans Memorial at Midway Cemetery. The City of Midway will provide a large tent for shade and plenty of seating, as well as bottled water. Former Midway mayor, state representative and veteran Carl Rollins will be this year’s guest speaker. Midway Views (and the game of horse racing) Midway colts might face off in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico May 18! It could be a battle of the local boys this weekend at Pimlico Race Course with the second leg of the Triple Crown – the Preakness Stakes (G1) – up for grabs. With no Triple Crown available this year, as the Derby’s top three finishers Maximum Security, Country House and Code of Honor are sidestepping the race, the prize is for the taking. Also, with pre-Derby favorite Omaha Beach out after throat surgery, another local colt raised at Shadwell Farm on Leestown Road – Haikal – out recovering from a foot abscess, we look to the other top three-year olds running. It is of note that this year’s Preakness Stakes will have none of the top three Derby finishers running, which is the first time this has happened since 1951. Fresh to the fray will be Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable’s Bourbon War, by Tapit, which is prepping well for the Preakness Stakes. The Preakness field at this stage looks to be 12 horses; the largest since 14 ran in 2011. As we go to press, the expected field for Saturday’s race is: Alwaysmining, Anothertwistafate, Bodexpress, Bourbon War, Improbable, Laughing Fox, Owendale, Signalman, War of Will, Win Win Win and Warrior’s Charge. WinStar’s Improbable is also expected to start in the Preakness. He was the eventual fourth-place finisher in the Derby, and if he wins, would give trainer Bob Baffert a record eighth Preakness victory. Baffert won the Preakness last year with Justify. Lane’s End Farm’s own Code of Honor, who was third in the Derby, but moved to second after Maximum Security was disqualified, will instead have a likely next start in the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park in July. Code of Honor beat fellow Midway-raised colt Bourbon War in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes in March at Gulfstream Park, Florida. Interestingly, both colts were born on the 23rd day of the month – Bourbon War being exactly three months older than Code of Honor, meaning that the latter (and the Derby’s Maximum Security) had still technically not celebrated their third birthdays when they ran in the Kentucky Derby! One last thing: Marley’s Freedom Woodford County-connections of four-year-old filly Marley’s Freedom celebrated another good race on Derby Day at Churchill Downs when she finished second behind Mia Mischief in the G1 Humana Distaff Stakes. The filly was bought at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for owners Ron and Barbara Perry by Midway bloodstock agent Davant Latham from Brookdale Farm’s consignment. Brookdale Farm is located on McCracken Pike in Versailles.

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