Horse Capital

Veteran reporter Samantha Lederman's beat is all things equine - from trail riding to top-level competition and everything in between.

Samantha's reports provide a vital window into Lexington's reputation as the "Horse Capital of the World."

Samantha Lederman

What do racehorses do when their careers on the track are over? Turns out they can do just about anything, and the Thoroughbred Makeover competition next week at the Kentucky Horse Park is the perfect place to see them in action. WUKY Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman brings us this preview.

Samantha Lederman

What do Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, and Dubai World Cup & Breeders Cup winner Arrogate have in common?  They’re both Keeneland September Sales graduates. Every Fall buyers from all over the world flock to Lexington to browse an elite selection of the cream of the crop of thoroughbred racing’s yearlings.  Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman went behind the scenes at Dell Ridge Farm to discover what it takes to join that rare club.


The Kentucky Horse Park is hosting the United State Hunter Jumper Association Championships this weekend, and as Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman explains, that means there's a lot of money at stake.

Samantha Lederman

Nestled in between a few of Lexington's historic and prestigious thoroughbred breeding farms on Leestown Road, there's a new kid on the block, and he's establishing a little piece of Down Under here in the Bluegrass.  Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman recently paid a visit to "Horse Whisperer" Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship.

Samantha Lederman

Rosie Napravnik broke numerous records as a jockey; including becoming the only female to win the Kentucky Oaks, not once but twice, and the only female jockey to win two Breeders' Cup Races.  She did this while amassing more than $17M in purse money over her racing career.  Now that she's retired, Napravnik talks to Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman about her return to her roots as an eventing rider.

Samantha Lederman

A giant tribute to a horse racing legend now graces the side of a building in downtown Lexington.  91.3 WUKY's Samantha Lederman was on hand for the special dedication.

If you plan to be downtown for Thursday Night Live or next week's Fourth of July Parade be sure to look for Lexington's Mounted Police Patrol.  As WUKY's Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman explains a lot of time and energy goes into training these horses and riders.

Next Year It Won't Be Referred To As The Rolex

Jun 1, 2017
Samantha Lederman

A popular sporting event held every spring at the Kentucky Horse Park will have to find a new title sponsor.  Rolex is dropping it’s 36 year arrangement with the 3 Day Equestrian competition.

Samantha Lederman

Thursday marks the start of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at The Kentucky Horse Park; North America’s only four star competition where the best horses and riders in the world face off at the highest level of the sport for the richest prize in three day eventing.  German rider Michael Jung is trying to win for a third consecutive year, but as Samantha Lederman reports a promising young American rider is hoping to pull off the upset.

Keeneland Announces Change To Book 1 Program

Apr 12, 2017

Keeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, on Wednesday introduced enhancements to its September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23.