• By Vanessa Seitz Midway Correspondent

MIDWAY NEWS AND VIEWS

Midway News Water concerns Mayor Grayson Vandegrift released the following statement in response to questions about an “earthy” taste and odor in our water over the past week: “Kentucky American Water (KAW) has advised us that the water is safe to drink, but two issues are causing the difference in taste and smell. One reason relates to a source change last week when the Owenton Plant went down and KAW began pumping to us from a different reservoir. That source apparently is known to have a different taste, but the water is still safe to drink. “In an email to our Water/Wastewater Supervisor, a KAW official also wrote that, ‘Changing weather conditions can lead to earthy or musty tastes and odors. This occurs seasonally, typically during the warmer weather from spring thru fall. The perception of tastes or odors in water varies widely between individuals. Some customers are more sensitive and may perceive minor differences in the water. The water remains safe to consume and continues to meet all water quality standards. When variations in our source water occur, we adjust our treatment processes accordingly.’” If you have any questions, contact Vandegrift at (859) 361-6320 or mayorgrayson@meetmeinmidway.com. Midway Community Dinner The free Community Dinner at Midway Christian Church was outstanding again this week and attracted an estimated 100 plus residents on a rainy night to a feast of local produce. On the menu were kale, sausage and white bean soup with cornbread, succotash, sliced tomatoes, watermelon, green beans and new potatoes. Dessert was bread pudding, carrot cake and more. The dinner is held on the last Monday of the month at Midway Christian Church.

Midway Views Code of Honor wins Travers Stakes for Lane’s End Farm! On a perfect afternoon in Saratoga last Saturday, Shug McGaughey sent out two strong entries for the 150th running of the RunHappy Traver’s Stakes and came home with a winner. McGaughey, who has trained horses for William Farish’s Lane’s End Farm for decades was, according to farm manager Mike Cline, quietly confident all week for the colt’s chances at the Spa. “Let’s get it on,” was the comment he made going down to the start. And get it on he did – Code of Honor piloted by jockey John Velasquez - chasing down the field from mid-pack for an impressive victory. The colt, by Noble Mission out of the Dixie Union mare Reunited, is a second-generation homebred – born and raised at the Midway Road nursery. Stable mate and paddock mate to another top three-year old colt, and fellow Kentucky Derby entrant, Vekoma, Code of Honor has been steadily staking his valid claim for Champion three-year-old colt honors after his fourth win on Saturday. This first Grade 1 win for Code of Honor follows a three-year-old campaign including a first in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream, plus a third in the Florida Derby (G1) which gained him entry into the Kentucky Derby. There, Code of Honor ran to a second-place finish (after Maximum Security was disqualified and placed last). Code of Honor also won the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont at the beginning of July. Winning the $1.25 million Travers Stakes brings the colt’s earnings to around $2 million, with four wins, two seconds and a third in eight lifetime starts. McGaughey and the Farish family will decide over the next few weeks where his next start might be. McGaughey last won the coveted Travers Stakes in 1998 with Coronado’s Quest, but altogether, Saturday’s Travers was McGaughey’s fourth Travers win, though a first for Farish and Lane’s End Farm. Many of the Farish family members were in attendance at Saratoga to watch their courageous and determined chestnut colt wear down the field over the final furlongs to capture the win over Tacitus and Mucho Gusto in an exciting stretch duel. Farish had originally consigned the colt as a yearling to the 2017 Keeneland September Sale, but when bidding stopped at $70,000, with the reserve not met, Farish decided to race the colt instead – a decision which now reflects well on the 80-year-old owner’s wisdom from a lifetime in the horse business. Code of Honor won pulling away by three lengths and showed an impressive turn of foot with fast splits and a time of just over two minutes for the mile and a quarter distance.

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