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Keeneland’s Friday News and Views

For four weekends every spring and four weekends every fall, Keeneland becomes the official capital of horse racing, bourbon, beautiful women, gambling, beautiful women, 21-year-olds passed out before lunch, beautiful women, horses, bourbon, Brooks Brothers swag, tanlines from sunglasses, and beautiful women. It brings out the college kids who can’t drink; the ones who can; the guys who think they look fly but don’t know how to tie a tie; people who think they know everything about betting and try to tell anyone who will listen; old men with fanny-packs; old women with old men with fanny packs; and, of course, the beautiful women.

If all or any of these things entice you, you should know that Friday is Keeneland’s opening day. It’s also College Scholarship day so all students receive free general admission, free Qdoba nachos in the College Zone, and the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships after each race. And who doesn’t like nachos???

I could write about Keeneland for hours but I’ll spare you my rambling and just remind you that it’s here. Keeneland season is the undisputed, most wonderful time of the year so make it out before the spring meet ends on April 27.

Be sure to wear sunglasses, too. We don’t want your eyes to get caught wandering towards any of those beautiful women. Only amateurs get caught staring. Don’t be that guy.

News. Views.

 While you were doing whatever it is you do on Thursday nights, John Calipari was in the great northeast visiting Alex Oriakhi and his family. According to the soon-to-be former UConn big man, the meeting was his first conversation with Coach Cal, although he has previously spoken to assistant coach Orlando Antigua about coming to Kentucky next season.

Oriakhi has made it clear he wants to go to a contender with a need for a big man, so selling him on coming to UK shouldn’t be a huge challenge for Cal, especially if you throw in the possibility of playing with his good friend, Nerlens Noel. Oriakhi said he and Noel have talked about playing together next season and Kentucky is the only option if the two do decide to team up.

We’ll have more information on the in-home visit on Friday when it becomes available. Oriakhi, who was never really recruited out of high school because he signed so early, still plans to take visits to North Carolina, Duke, Missouri, and Kentucky. This one likely won’t end soon.

 UK target Shabazz Muhammad also made some noise on Thursday when he told SNY.tv that Kentucky’s championship helped the school’s chances in his recruitment. Muhammad said the win “boosted their option for me” but he is still undecided. I think he wants to go to UK and knows it’s the best place for his game, but his dad and the people around him are pushing him hard towards UCLA. If he picks the Bruins, I think you can blame Ron Holmes, his father.

Coach Cal is working on flying out to see Shabazz one more time before he announces on ESPN next Wednesday. I’ll be absolutely shocked if Cal isn’t in Portland this weekend for the Nike Hoops Summit. The game will feature Shabazz, Archie Goodwin, Anthony Bennett, Tony Parker, and 2014 star Andrew Wiggins.

 Larry Vaught reported on Thursday that UK will add Morehead State to the 2012-2013 basketball schedule. The game will be played on the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21. UK fans will also get to see Morehead when the Eagles open up for Kentucky in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Morehead State will face Long Island before Kentucky and Maryland tip off in the second game.

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 The Eagles are back on the schedule for the first time since Bledsoe torched them for 24 in the ’09 season opener, but we’re still not so sure the Indiana Hoosiers will be on the schedule next season. The future of the series is still where it was months ago, with Kentucky pushing for a neutral site while Indiana wants to renew the home-home series. I’d hate to lose the rivalry now when Crean has the Hoosiers back to prominence. It could make for a great non-conference game and one that would toughen up Calipari’s young talent before SEC play.

 Have you heard the one about Bobby Petrino, a hot blonde half his age, and a motorcycle? Apparently, Petrino was taking a young Arkansas football employee for a ride when he wrecked his motorcycle over the weekend. Petrino, who is married with four children, originally told reporters he was alone on the bike but it has since been discovered that he had a young filly riding on the back.

The wreck? Minor. The injuries? Minor. The blonde chick? Engaged.

Someone is in trouble.

 Jimmy Kimmel Live! starts in 30 minutes. #BrowDown

 A great stat from the NBA: DeMarcus Cousins is the youngest player in the NBA this season leading his team in both points and rebounds (via @michaeleaves). He’s averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds in his last 10 games and he leads the NBA in charges taken this season. During the first half of Thursday’s game against the Clippers, Bill Walton said, “DeMarcus Cousins is playing more and more like Hakeem Olajuwon all the time.”  Our man Boogie has the potential to be great if he keeps his head on straight, and I think he will.

That’ll do it for now. We’ll see you at Keeneland Friday afternoon.

And don’t forget those sunglasses, gentlemen. I’d hate for you to be that guy.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

72 Comments for Keeneland’s Friday News and Views



  1. Listen to me!!
    11:52 pm April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Cats!



  2. Listen to me!!
    11:54 pm April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino vs. Petrino.
    The long line of Dirty Birds!



  3. UK's Freshmen
    11:54 pm April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Let them breathe!



  4. WKY Dude
    12:01 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. Damn, I love Keeneland.

  5. So if you go to UCLA, they can put you on Jimmy Kimmel Live? Yeah, that’s what I thought

  6. 5,4,1,2,3



  7. UKBlue
    12:11 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    God love Keeneland



  8. Sack's bro
    12:12 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    aaaaaaah, SLUTS!!



  9. That guy
    12:20 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes it’s fun getting caught



  10. Eric K
    12:37 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    AD is doing great on national tv!! GREAT FOR KENTUCKY!! GO CATS!! What happens if they all stay? HOLY SH_T!!

  11. Well done A.D.



  12. Blueballn
    12:39 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Git it Davis!!!! Good job AD



  13. Rae
    12:40 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    You know you should listen to your mom Anthony. Would getting Cal in a skirt be a violation though?



  14. NT3
    12:40 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Ants mom wants him to stay in school!!! Anything can happen! But I doubt it haha



  15. NT3
    12:41 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Ant is pretty darn funny! Didn’t seem nervous at all!



  16. Dr. Funke
    12:41 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    AD just did a wonderful job on network TV, I wish him the best at the next level. Once a cat always a cat go AD!



  17. Bigfoot
    12:42 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    #1 is the hottest and it is not close.



  18. SexyinNursinHolmes
    12:45 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the NCAA wasn’t watching that!

    BTW I don’t think Davis is going to stay now 🙁



  19. NT3
    12:46 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a freaking beast!



  20. sunnycat
    12:47 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Aside from going to UCLA because he could be “the man” It makes no sense for a future basketball career.



  21. Stingbass
    1:44 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    2,4,1,5,3… I’ve seen #1 without the big glasses bigfoot, and she is not #1. Still hot though. Go Cats, go Keeneland!



  22. Jeru
    2:09 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t rank them until you see what the eyes look like behind the comically over sized sunglasses.



  23. soggyUKgrad
    2:15 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    the NBA rule states that a player must be at least 19 years old, and 1 year removed from high school. MKG doesn’t turn 19 for 6 months…how does this affect his draft status?



  24. UKEnglishProf
    2:34 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, the intro to the News & Views was fantastic. Well-written, witty, and great topic. Keep it up.



  25. CatFanNLville
    3:03 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    #23 I think it states 19 years of age OR 1 year removed from high school there for MKG is eligible.



  26. soggyUKgrad
    3:46 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    well, damn!!! that’s what I get for reading the SI issue about the Cats winning the NC. Kelli Anderson(the writer at SI) must not know that there is a huge difference between ‘AND’ & ‘OR’!!!!!!



  27. blueswade
    4:01 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    All of those fine looking young ladies & the 2 guys are hugging
    each other…sad sign of the times I guess.



  28. Big Blue 66
    4:35 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    So Crean has IU back to prominence, prominence?, one a sweet sixteen in 4 years brings you back to prominence…..I dont think so



  29. Chi-townCat
    6:03 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    #20 I totally agree …I think the kid has to ask himself that question …Do I wanna be selfish and play for myself ??? or Do I want to play for a team and be a winner???



  30. Fake Tom Jurich
    6:14 am April 6, 2012 Permalink


  31. BigBlueSkyDog
    6:17 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Good thing we got Petrino and Pitino separated. This town’s not big enough for both of them.



  32. SexnNursinHomes
    6:25 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I love chicks that look like the Housewives of Whatever County. wooo. I bet their used toilet paper smells like roses.



  33. Manbearpig
    6:45 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    dear God Sexn, one of the best comments from you yet sir



  34. WKY Dude
    6:45 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    There are two things about #1 that I REALLY like.



  35. SexnNursinHomes
    6:48 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    33- haha, Keeneland is awesome. Always.



  36. Ridge Runner
    7:30 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    If the Bazz really likes UK best rumors are true…

    Shabazz just needs to become “his own man” in this decision and not “his fathers son”….sounds like to me.



  37. jcatron
    7:44 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    4,5,1,2,3



  38. UKRULES1
    7:49 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I know it is a shame but I have only been to Keeneland once and didn’t see or watch one horse race. Love the KENTUCKY WOMEN!!!!



  39. UK&KSRfan
    7:55 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #28 bout IU
    and why are they top 5 next year same team as this year that won 5 home games by a total of 9 points.



  40. NotTheSlickistRick
    8:03 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis on Jimmy Kimmel last night: Brow Down!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NraJwLav8SQ



  41. Echo 1
    8:03 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    The one on the far left. Mercy. God, I miss college.



  42. the Big Dog
    8:12 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby- you got some ‘plainin to do. Davis stole the show last night. I have never seen him that relaxed and funny.



  43. Bob Diggity
    8:13 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    2,5,3,4,1



  44. Jenny Craig Pitino
    8:26 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t #5 Miss Kentucky?



  45. Anthony Davis Armpit
    8:37 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Forget putting them in order. I want them all at one time!



  46. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:44 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Rather than give them all rankings, can I just say 1a,1b,1c,1d & 1e?



  47. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:45 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    44- Yeah, but I’m working on changing it to Mrs. Azubuike’s Bicep.



  48. BobKYCats
    8:47 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    1, 1, 1, 1, 1.



  49. TN Cat
    9:16 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Who said #1 had to take off the sunglasses anyway?



  50. NotParatrooper
    9:19 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Unfortunately those young ladies are liberal commies, therefore disease-ridden sluts. In fact, Keeneland is known to be a haven for communists, thats why you will never see Ann Coulter or Bachmann at this tax-happy, booze-filled socialist debauchery fiesta. Burn it down!



  51. Real Cats Fan
    9:25 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    5-1-4-3-2



  52. Matt Daddy
    9:29 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    25431 this is the correct order, #5 is the best one, elegant & sophisticated. I’m in love.



  53. Real Cats Fan
    9:29 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    22, you are actually making eye contact with them? 😀



  54. Anthony4life23
    9:29 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    dang this chicks are FIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNEEEEE, I would bang all of them…especially the one on the very right..lol



  55. EKY Cat Fan
    9:31 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone else see the bro-mance behind the chick in white on the far left?



  56. Real Cats Fan
    9:32 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Leave it to SINH for yet another hilariously inappropriate comment!



  57. Keenelandfan
    9:34 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    1, 5, 4 Brassoooooooo



  58. Real Cats Fan
    9:37 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    55, I have not made it past the foreground of the picture, and now I’ll be damned if I am going to go looking for a couple of hirsut homo’s.



  59. 8pril
    9:40 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    agree with 51.



  60. Rock star...
    9:50 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I envy that red solo cup!!!!



  61. Who Knew!
    10:07 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    #1 is wearing sunglasses?



  62. Hoop
    10:14 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    I love whores!



  63. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    10:22 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    # 4 and not even close!!! She is so FREAKIN FINE!



  64. James K
    10:31 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Far left is tops, by far. Geez Louise.



  65. Joe
    11:35 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    How is #1 NOT the hottest woman in the picture?



  66. TheBlueRanger
    11:55 am April 6, 2012 Permalink

    1,5,4,3,2



  67. Don
    12:45 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    The one on the left.



  68. tennessee wildcat
    12:51 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Red solo cup, lets have a party!



  69. NCCAT
    1:43 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Good grief. Follow this link and see if any of you clowns who believe any of the four on the left of the one on the far right even deserve to be in the same picture with her. I say no way.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=amanda+mertz&hl=en&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=zyp_T6DJLI2o8gTeifXhBw&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1745&bih=860



  70. CatBlue in LR
    2:36 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino’s injuries weren’t really minor. A broken rib and cracked sternum were among them.



  71. CAUKFAN
    3:33 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    Girl in white; you’re the bomb!



  72. Bob Wehadababyitsaboy
    7:52 pm April 6, 2012 Permalink

    #5 for sure, rest are fugly! She’s so fine…