Just when you thought we had a weekend without sports, the Preakness Stakes is here to see if Always Dreaming will give us a Triple Crown to cheer for in three weeks at the Belmont. Before the horses hit the Pimlico track, the Kentucky baseball and softball teams are taking the diamond with a lot at stake.
1. Which Non-Derby Horse will Win Money?
Let me start by saying Cherry Wine can go to hell. The horse powered through the mud to ruin my perfectly good trifecta and I’m still not over it. It was a bad day.
This year’s field has brought a few of the best Derby contenders who are out to prove the sloppy, packed Churchill track was the reason they did not finish better. Hence, Gunnvera and Lookin’ at Lee are all good prices. If you throw them in a trifecta with the prohibitive favorites, Classic Empire and Always Dreaming, you could win some nice coin, but Cherry Wine part two will still probably ruin it.
I don’t know which Non-Derby horse has it in them, but if you’d like to share, please. I can’t have another year of ruined Preakness bets.
2. The Morning Line Odds
3. And the Winner is:
Classic Empire. He’s the Exaggerator to Always Dreaming’s Nyquist. If you don’t like that comparison, think Affirmed and Alydar, Smarty Jones and Lion Heart or Real Quiet and Victory Gallop.
Dreaming had everything go right for him in the Derby. Pretty much everything went wrong for Empire and he still came in fourth. Even if he doesn’t win, this is the last time you’ll see Empire at 3/1.
4. The BatCats are Blown Out in Gainesville
After the Cats took the Gators to the woodshed in the first game, Florida returned the favor in Game Two. Kentucky could never get the bats going while Florida ran wild to win 14-3. Kentucky can no longer win the SEC outright, but a win today at 1:00 ET could earn them a share of the SEC East title.
5. The Lexington Softball Regional Continues
While the BatCats struggled, their female counterparts thrived in the first round of the Regional Tournament. The UK Softball team scored five runs on four hits in the first inning and never looked back to defeat DePaul 6-0. Meagan Prince’s shutout featured five strikeouts and just two hits.
Kentucky will play for a spot in the Regional Championship today at noon against Illinois at John Cropp Stadium. After a 12-inning first round victory, hopefully fatigue is a factor for the Illini.
6. Is Diallo’s Decision Going to Happen?
It could happen at any moment. He’s finished with workouts, but his teammates are still trying out for NBA teams. Mychal Mulder recently got a look from the Orlando Magic and Isaiah Briscoe worked out with the Rockets yesterday.
The NBA Playoffs have not been the most entertaining basketball. Last night the Cavs beat the brakes off the Celtics 130-86. If you can still appreciate basketball in a blowout, the Warriors are traveling to San Antonio for Game 3, tonight at 9:00 on ABC.
On the other hand, the NHL Playoffs have been thrilling. It’s had everything you want in postseason play: game sevens, overtime and epic comebacks, most recently the Ducks’ 3-2 OT win over the Preds. They return to the ice tonight in Anaheim with the series tied at 2-2, starting at 7:15 on NBC, following the Preakness Stakes.
8. I Tied a Bow Tie
After years of failed attempts, I finally figured out how to tie a bow tie and I’ve never been more proud of myself. It’s my greatest accomplishment since graduating college and it feels so good.
Feeling like I just tied my first Bow tie pic.twitter.com/9PVs6CPsOo
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) May 20, 2017
9. Check Out 75
One of my best friends is in a new film that’s not for the faint of heart. Made in Cincinnati by Cincinnatians, it takes a personal look at the heroin epidemic that’s ravaging our region. I have yet to see it, but it’s airing in a few select theaters in Cincinnati and in the coming months you’ll be able to watch it and chill. For a better description, IMDB says,
A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.
10. Have a Wonderful Day
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