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On this rainy day at Churchill Downs, even the Rick Pitino karma couldn't help his horse -- Goldencents -- in the Kentucky Derby.
The University of Louisville men's basketball coach was going for the ultimate trifecta after winning the NCAA national title and being announced as a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on the same day the previous month.
Three of his former players -- Peyton Siva, Gorgui Dieng and Mike Marra -- were waiting in the winners' circle to hand the winning connections the garland of roses.
But Pitino's incredible run didn't continue.
Watching from his suite on the fifth floor at the track, Pitino saw Goldencents press the pace early in the first leg of the Triple Crown and then drop back late to finish 17th in the field of 19. Jockey Kevin Krigger eased the horse down the stretch.
"At least we won the championship," Pitino said after the race, referring to his basketball team's victory over Michigan in the cham...
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It’s been a pretty amazing year for Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. Unfortunately, his luck ran out at today’s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Orb, the original favorite, won the race in thrilling fashion, coming from behind on the final stretch. Pitino’s horse, Goldencents, did not finish in the top three.
Owning 5% of the Kentucky...
The first four months of 2013 have been pretty magical for Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino. In early April Pitino became the first coach to ever win a national championship with two different programs, after Louisville defeated Michigan in the 2013 national title game. The same day the Cardinals cut down the nets, Pitino was also inducted into the Naismith Basketball...
Just how big of a year will this be for Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino? In April, we had the Cardinals winning a national championship for Pitino, who was also elected into the basketball Hall of Fame. It was also a month when Pitino’s son Richard made a quantum leap from Florida International (where he… Read More
Last time we heard or saw from Louisville guard Peyton Siva, he was cutting down the nets after winning a National Championship for the Cardinals, and also being put on blast by escort Jenna Shea for what she says not paying her hush money and being a hypocrite about Jesus.
Siva has surfaced again, and looked really happy in the process. Siva and the girlfriend he professed his...
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.
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...
Michaelee Harris came to Louisville as one of the top prospects in Head Coach Charlie Strong’s second recruiting class. The 4-Star Wide Receiver out of Miami was rated the 16th best at his position coming out of high school.
Michaelee entered his Cardinal Campaign with a tremendous ability at route-running, great explosion and superb hands. With the Cards losing two...
Four weeks ago tonight, the University of Louisville captured the school’s third NCAA national title with a victory over Michigan at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. U of L coach Rick Pitino didn’t win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but it’s still been some kind of month for the athletic program. Cardinal Authority looks back.
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.
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...