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The Oaks’ Friday Morning Wakeup

Churchill Downs this morning (@KentuckyDerby)

Good morning, friends, and happy Oaks Day. Tomorrow afternoon, the nation will turn its eyes to Kentucky, but today, it’s our turn to party, so put on your pink and head out to Churchill Downs. Or, sit at your computer and read words that I write. It’ll be fun, we’ll make a day of it. At some point, one of you can probably point out a typo I make or ask about Marques Bolden. Fun times!

If you are headed to Churchill Downs, keep an eye out for the KSR crew, who will be making the rounds. The newly-engaged Kate Upton will serve as the First Lady of the Oaks, while Harlan native and winner of NBC’s “The Voice” Jordan Smith will sing the national anthem. You can try, but I seriously doubt anyone will wear more pink or be more fabulous than Johnny Weir.

Here are the latest odds:

1. Terra Promessa: 10-1
2. Weep No More: 9-2
3. Lewis Bay: 8-1
4. Go Maggie Go: 12-1
5. Dream Dance: 30-1
6. Mokat: 20-1
7. Mo d’Amour: 30-1
8. Royal Obsession: 20-1
9. Paola Queen: 30-1
10. Venus Valentine: 30-1
11. Rachel’s Valentina: 7-2
12. Cathryn Sophia: 9-2
13. Land Over Sea: 5-1
14. Taxable: 20-1
15. Dothraki Queen: 30-1

Post time is 5:49 p.m., but coverage runs from 12:30 – 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. As a “Game of Thrones” fan, you know I’m rooting for Dothraki Queen.

If you missed it, Marcus Lee got an invite to the NBA Draft Combine

The big news yesterday was word that Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis AND Marcus Lee made the official list for the NBA Draft Combine. Murray, Ulis, and Skal were locks, of course, but Lee getting an invite was a surprise, since he wasn’t considered one of the top alternates; however, it’s clear Lee wants to go to the league, so this is huge news for him.

On the flip side, Isaiah Briscoe did not make the list for the Combine, although he’s currently working out for teams. Yesterday, it was the Spurs:

forever blessed. thanks for having me spurs !!

A photo posted by Isaiah Briscoe (@zaaay_) on

Marques Bolden has not set an announcement date

In a show of how intense this recruitment has gotten, reporters are calling Bolden’s school to ask if he’s set an announcement date. As of yesterday, he has not.

The baseball team starts their series vs. South Carolina

After a series of tough losses, the Bat Cats are looking to get back on track this weekend against #7 South Carolina. Tonight’s game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium. For more info on the series, check out Trey Huntsman’s great preview of it from last night.

How about those Preds?

I’ll admit that I’m dragging a little bit this morning. After becoming a hockey day three days ago, I stayed up to watch the Predators take on the San Jose Sharks, an insane game that went to three overtimes. I fell asleep sometime after midnight in the middle of the second overtime, but waking up to find out the Preds pulled off the 4-3 win is one of the best feelings ever. I’m a newbie to all this, but playoff hockey is absolutely batshit crazy. Last night’s game was the longest in Predators’ history, and bless Mike Fisher for putting an end to it:

Game five is Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET, which means it’s gonna be a LONG day. The annual Thompson Derby party just went to another level.

Speaking of, several of you have asked for my bourbonade recipe:

Mrs. T’s Bourbonade

2 cups ice tea (unsweetened)
1/2 cup sugar or Splenda
1 12 oz can frozen lemonade
1 12 oz can frozen limeade
1 750 ml bottle of bourbon
7 cups water

 Enjoy. I plan to.

Lots of former Cats will be at the Barnstable Brown party tonight

Louisville is in full Derby mode right now, with several parties going down last night, including Ferdinand’s Ball, which Matt and Drew attended and you’ll hear about on today’s show. Our friend JD Shelburne was there and hung out with Terrence Jones after hanging out with Derek Willis earlier in the day at Churchill Downs:

We’ll have more Derby week fashion a little later on today. Until then, I’ll leave you with this pic of a Lexington police officer ballin’ in Douglass Park last night:


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

9 Comments for The Oaks’ Friday Morning Wakeup

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    9:04 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    I feel torn. I would love Briscoe to come back, but he would also be a great addition to the Spurs (my favorite NBA team). He could learn to shoot in San Antonio and could be a dangerous addition to a team built around Kawhi Leonard.

  2. ClutchCargo
    9:13 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    Put that boubonade in the freezer for awhile and you have something nearly identical to my favorite bourbon slushie recipe, amazing on a hot summer day.

  3. runningunnin.454
    9:45 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    Wouldn’t you hate to go to IHOP with the Bolden kid? It would take him 3 hours to order.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      9:50 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

      It only seems like he is taking a long time to decide because all the others committed so early. Give him a break.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:06 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

      Definitely wouldn’t take him to one of those places that has the one self-contained Coke/ice machine with about 1,000 different choices on the touch screen.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      10:11 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

      Haha, comment of the day.

  4. Rise
    10:07 am May 6, 2016 Permalink


  5. nybrasky
    10:18 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    Weep No More is a great name for a filly. Hope she wins.

  6. ekywildcat
    1:46 pm May 6, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t even drink, but that Bourbonade sounds great.