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Woman's legacy lives through racehorse and UK Hoops


VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT) - Dr. Stuart Brown and his wife Christine had two big passions.

"Her love of animals and in particular the horses she worked with. And then as well I think the passion that she had for UK athletics," Brown said.

Patinka, the Browns' 3-year-old filly was born on their farm and had a rough start. Brown says Christine was instrumental in saving her life.

"Patinka was a filly that she spent a great deal of time with and put a lot of effort in trying to support," Brown said.

If they weren't at the horse farm you can find them at Memorial Coliseum cheering on the UK Hoops team.

"She greatly looked forward to the season, seeing the team get past the great eight and into the Final Four," Brown said.

All that ended in July, though, when Christine was killed in a riding accident. Even though Christine's no longer here, Brown hopes her legacy can still inspire the wildcats and their fans.

Patinka's gone on to be a racehorse. She ran at Churchill Downs just a week or so ago, and Brown wants to use the filly Christine helped save to give a UK fan a special experience.

"It's also an opportunity to share that legacy that she had and her passion for UK sports UK athletics and in particular the women's basketball program," Brown said.

At the end of the UK women vs. Duke game later this month, one fan will be picked to join Brown and Patinka as she races through 2014, sitting in the owners box and hopefully, the winners circle, even sharing in 10% of the winnings.

"I have a feeling that she's been watching. I'm sure she's been there the whole ride and I'm sure she'll be there the rest of the way," Brown said.

That game is at 3PM on December 22 at Rupp Arena.


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