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Rick Pitino became a Hall of Famer and an NCAA champion on the same day. Now the Louisville basketball coach is positioned to become a Kentucky Derby-winning owner if Goldencents wins on Saturday.
Talk about the greatest four weeks ever.
Despite attempts to downplay his hot streak, Pitino's appearance for Wednesday's workout at Churchill Downs showed how much people like being around a winner. He looked every bit the rock star wearing sunglasses as he walked through a throng of Cardinals and race fans who had waited patiently outside the barn.
And to think, Pitino owns just 5 percent of the horse that is a 5-1 choice to win the Derby from the No. 8 post. But given his current roll, it's hard to bet against him.
''Obviously, we're rooting for Goldencents, but the Derby is something that you never know'' how it will evolve, Pitino said. ''If we don't win it, I'd like to see someone like (trainer) Shug McGaughey win it. He's never...
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Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is heavily into horses, which makes sense when you're a big name in Kentucky, and while Kentucky Derby competitor Goldencents may be the most prominent of his equine investments, Pitino has several other horses that he has put a more personal stamp on.
Pitino has purchased several thoroughbreds over the years -- he actually owns...
A trainer flooding the field with five horses. A black jockey trying to make history, and a woman rider, too. Louisville coach Rick Pitino seeking a double - champions in racing and basketball. He's sure in the right place.
The 19-horse field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is balanced, with no definitive favorite.
Orb is the pre-race choice, just barely. Nearly overshadowed...
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino made his much-anticipated visit to the backside at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning. Pitino brought Gorgui Dieng with him to check out his Kentucky Derby hopeful Goldencents.
The assumed “bad blood” between Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Kentucky coach John Calipari can’t be too serious – last night they were spotted taking pictures together at a restaurant in Lexington.
Without going too far into the backstory, which has changed numerous times today, the bottom line is that the two coaches were eating dinner at neighboring restaurants (which...
Rick Pitino won't be making the famous Kentucky Derby pre-race walk Saturday at Churchill Downs, opting not to come over from the barn area with his horse before America's biggest thoroughbred race.
Pitino, who owns 5 percent of Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents, isn't planning on making an appearance in the paddock prior to the race either. He's been there and...
Now that the NBA Draft deadline has passed, we now know which college players will return to school for another year. ESPN.com published their early preseason All American teams for 2013-14. Russ Smith was named to the first time while Chane Behanan received third team honors.
Russ Smith, Louisville: Actually, “duh” will be a running theme for the early portions of this list...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mike Battaglia didn't want to dispute John Asher on stage at the draw party for the 139th Kentucky Derby, but Battaglia did think Asher got something wrong. Battaglia's been doing the morning line for the Derby for a long time but maybe not quite the 40 years Asher, the vice president of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs, told the audience.
University of Louisville signee Chris Jones has been named Junior College National Player of the Year by the NABC. Jones, who will enroll at U of L in June, is slated to be Peyton Siva’s replacement in the Cardinals’ lineup at point guard.
The University of Louisville basketball staff has paid a lot of attention to former Central High School star D’Angelo Russell in the past week. The Cardinals have evaluated Russell in two AAU events, visited him at his prep school in Florida and he’s talked with Rick Pitino on the phone. Cardinal Authority has the story.
If you’ve never been to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, you need to change that. Whether your dressed to the nines at the Paddock or playing in the mud in the middle of the infield, the Derby is a must-see destination for any sports fan, or just anyone that likes to have a good time.
At StraitPinkie.com, we are lucky enough to call the Derby City home, so a trip to the infield...
If you missed Tuesday’s edition of Inside The Press Box, here is the podcast. Click here to listen from your mobile device. On Tuesday’s show, Perrin Johnson joined me on the first segment to talk about Rick Pitino and John Calipari posing for a picture together in Lexington. Steve Jones of the Courier Journal joined me in the second segment for a big update on Louisville’s...
The Kentucky Derby is Saturday at Churchill Downs. Here are five things you should know:
Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle a record-tying five horses - Verrazano, Revolutionary, Palace Malice, Overanalyze and Charming Kitten. He first tried it in 2007, when his best finish was sixth. His only win came in 2010 when he entered four and won with Super Saver.
University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong and his staff have struck again in the state of Florida for a commitment. The Cardinals have landed Tallahassee, Fla., Godby three-star defensive back De’Eric Culver.
People who don't watch another horse race all year will watch the Kentucky Derby simply because it's the Derby. And there's usually a good party going on where they're watching it.
So, what is there to watch out for at Saturday's Run for the Roses? Besides the fashionably wild hats and fashion statements, of course.
In no particular order here are some things...