In October of 2017, Rick Pitino vowed to never step foot back in the state of Kentucky ever again. Surprise, surprise, that was probably a lie.
This evening in Florida, Coach Rocks, a horse Pitino co-owns, won the $250,000 Gulfstream Oaks. The victory punches Coach Rocks’ ticket to the Kentucky Oaks. Will Pitino keep his promise and avoid The Bluegrass State, or come to Churchill Downs with a million dollar purse on the line?
Let’s be honest, there’s no way Rick is avoiding the spotlight. He can’t get enough of it.
After today’s victory at Gulfstream, Pitino vowed he will not go to the Kentucky Oaks. He told Bloodhorse:
“I’m not going to go to Kentucky for the Oaks, but my partners are,” he added. “I will not, unless (chairman) David Grissom and the pizza guy, Papa John, retire from the board of trustees. Then, I’ll be there.”
Even his partner, Roddy Valente, does not believe Pitino will pass up the Oaks. Never change, Rick. Never change.