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2015 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year finalist: American Pharoah

Ahmed Zayat gave American Pharoah a kiss before leading him and jockey Victor Espinoza into the winner’s circle after the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Ahmed Zayat gave American Pharoah a kiss before leading him and jockey Victor Espinoza into the winner’s circle after the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. rgarrison@herald-leader.com

We are revealing, in reverse alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2015 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be announced Tuesday simultaneously on Kentucky.com and at the fifth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards Banquet. Complete results will be in Wednesday’s Herald-Leader. The 10th finalist is:

AMERICAN PHAROAH

2015 claim to fame: Kentucky-bred became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Preakness and Belmont — and also won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

What a voter said: “American Pharoah was a trailblazer for equine Americans.” Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald-Leader

Previously announced finalists: Kelsi Worrell, Karl-Anthony Towns, Emma Talley, Philip Haywood, Kendra Harrison, Brandon Doughty, Kash Daniel, John Calipari, Jeff Brohm.

If you go: Bluegrass Sports Awards

When: Jan. 26

Where: Lexington Convention Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom

Cost: Tables of 10, $1,250; individual tickets, $150.

Tickets: Bluegrass Sports Commission (859) 286-5156 or https://2016bsatickets.eventbrite.com

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