Today marked the 140th running of the second greatest tradition in Kentucky sports, the Kentucky Derby. The festivities were as decadent and depraved as ever and the favorite to win the race, California Chrome, won the race with relative ease. What wasn’t so easy was how the horse got there.
California Chrome was bred on a budget and is the lone racehorse of DAP Racing. That type of beast would ordinarily lack the genetics necessary to compete against the bluebloods that trot across the bluegrass. Yet, California Chrome has done more than compete, he’s dominated, winning five straight with an eye on making it 7. I’d say the 10,000 dollar horse will prove a very worthy investment when he is sent to be a stud. Watch him win below:
On to the news and views:
-Last weekend the Harrison’s made their choice and officially sent us all into the off-season. So welcome to the first Saturday without some new UK basketball news in a long, long time.
-On the Gridiron recruiting momentum continues to roll along as Stoops looks to lock up some more players before the fall. Alex Stump decided today he wants to be one of Stoops’ Troops and committed to UK:
– Alex Stump (@ShowTime_Stump) May 4, 2014
Stump runs 6’3 190 and while he isn’t ranked by 247 he has picked up some major interest over the past month. In just the last two weeks he picked up offers from Miami (OH), WVU, Minnesota, and Georgia Tech. Alex becomes the 7th member of the 2015 class and the second from the Ohio pipeline. Vince Marrow continues to dominate the recruiting game.
-Next week there is an opportunity for yet another commitment as four star tight end prospect, CJ Conrad, is set to choose between Kentucky and Indiana next Friday at his school. Conrad holds offers from over 20 schools including Ole Miss, Arkansas, Illinois, Pitt, and Virginia Tech. Conrad would be yet another offensive playmaker out of Ohio. The “Crystal Ball” at 24/7 sits at 91% in favor of Kentucky.
-Around the NBA things aren’t looking too good for our Cats. Last night Terrence Jones joined Nazr and MKG at home when Damien Lillard nailed a buzzer beating 3 in Portland. Then today the Pacers recovered to dispatch the Hawks in Game 7 to move on to face John Wall and the Wizards. The Zards have been playing great basketball but they went 1-2 against Indy this season. Tayshaun Prince and the Grizzlies look to be finished as well. They are down double digits over on TNT with just 6 minutes to play. A lot of Cats are going to be one-and-done during this playoff run.
-Since Cal arrived in Lexington there has been one constant with the team and that has been Jon Hood. After five long years with the team, Jon Hood finally said his goodbyes today on twitter. Here is what Jon had to say:
I leave this great university in less than a week for good. It has meant the most to me over the past 5 years. Given me so many memories. I’ve met and played with some of the greatest people on this planet. My brothers are not just great ball players but great people And my friends that I have met off the court, all of you have made a lasting impression and impact on my life. Thank you all so much.The fans of this crazy program are the craziest and best in the world, I signed a toilet seat cover…y’all are nuts. #BBN. Ending my sappy goodbyes. I love UK and couldn’t be happier about the relationships I formed and what we accomplished as a team over 5 years.
While he didn’t get a whole lot of run, Cat fans will always have a special place in their heart for the man from Madisonville. We here at KSR wish him nothing but luck in his future endeavors.
-Finally we leave you with one of the best dudes ever, Nerlens Noel, and his buddy Kelly Melton who accompanied him once again the Derby this year. Last year, Kelly’s health prevented him from enjoying the entire days’ festivities but it looks like he was ready to go for 140. Two inspirational men.