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Sham’s Saturday News and Views


Timing is everything in life. Sometimes success in life is simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Other times though, just missing out on success can entail simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Consider every other team in the NBA during Michael Jordan’s prime with the Chicago Bulls. Consider any other player in LeBron James’ NBA draft class. Perhaps consider most of the other teams in college basketball next season. Sometimes the second best player in one draft class would be the best player in any other draft class. In the case of maybe the most infamous runner-up of all-time, the horse Sham might have been one of the best horses to ever run in the Kentucky Derby. Many people know the name “Sham,” but Sham doesn’t have a Hollywood movie named after him. Sham isn’t held up as the gold standard for all horses to follow after. Sham’s name doesn’t ring with as much power as Secretariat. And yet Sham might have been one of the best to ever hit the track.

Sham was the horse that finished in second place behind Secretariat, arguably the greatest race horse of all-time, in every single leg of the Triple Crown. Sham amazingly broke the Kentucky Derby track record when he crossed the finish line… The only trouble was that Sham didn’t even win the race. Secretariat was faster. Had Sham been a year younger, or a year older– Sham would possibly be one of the glorified few horses to ever complete the Triple Crown. Timing is everything.


And now, as we head into tomorrow’s Derby events… let’s take a quick look at a few stories from the day…


Calipari begins hip replacement surgery recovery

If you hadn’t already felt the effects of the summer lull in action around the bluegrass as basketball season ends and we wait for football to begin, John Calipari’s hip surgery surely marked the beginning of a quieter stretch for Kentucky basketball. Calipari will take a load off for a while to recover from his hip replacement surgery that took place successfully this morning. Calipari was in a world of pain all season long, and hopefully this will provide him with much relief.

(I’m sure Cal appreciates his son’s Instagram post…)

Although the season is over for Kentucky, May is a busy time for future recruiting purposes. Calipari will be limited for the time being, but Kentucky announced the hiring of new assistant coach Barry Rohrssen yesterday. Kenny Payne, Rohrssen, and John Robic will be hitting the trail hard laying the ground work for the 2015 and 2016 classes while Calipari recovers.


In today’s edition of “Cal to the NBA Rumors”… John Wall thinks not

Until the Los Angeles Lakers name a new head coach, the rumors will continue to circulate about the possibility of John Calipari heading to the Lakers. The chances seem highly unlikely considering the number of players Calipari will return to Kentucky next season, along with the firm statements he has made thus far about the situation.

Calipari discussed the rumors, putting them to rest when he spoke to Renee Murphy of WHAS 11 last night.

““I’m at Kentucky, it’s where I want to coach. I’ve got a great job. I’m not saying the Lakers job is not a great job. Pro jobs are different jobs. Obviously the Lakers, Chicago, New York…you know, those are…but, I’m happy here. I have no intention from moving from here.”


For what it’s worth, John Wall weighed in on the notion that Calipari could make the jump to the NBA. Wall doesn’t seem to think it’s likely and envisions Calipari staying at Kentucky for the long haul.

“I think he’d be a great NBA coach, but I think he’s satisfied and happy. Being at Kentucky was his dream job. The stuff he’s done since he’s been there has been pretty amazing.”


Wall added that in his best opinion, Calipari would be at Kentucky for good. Wall also admitted that even if given the opportunity to go straight to the NBA after high school, he would have still opted to go to Kentucky. Why? Because he promised his father he would go to college.


UCONN will try to sweeten the pot to keep Kevin Ollie

Both coaches from this year’s NCAA national championship game are being thrown around in the Laker conversation. Kevin Ollie’s team was 2 minutes away from elimination in the first round and they wound up winning a national title in only his second year as head coach. Ollie’s star has never been higher, and the Lakers are apparently interested. For UCONN’s part, they will do their best to keep Ollie by offering him double his currently salary. According to Adam Zagoria, UCONN will offer Ollie $2.6 million annually, as the “floor” for his salary.

Ollie’s name has also been mentioned in the event that the Oklahoma City Thunder lose in game 7 (which now seems much more unlikely since the Grizzlies will be without Zach Randolph). The Thunder would be a more comfortable fit for Ollie who is close with Kevin Durant and played with the Thunder.


Patrick Patterson and the Raptors will have to go to Game 7 if they want to advance…

Patrick Patterson and the Toronto Raptors had a chance to win the series against the Nets tonight, but came up short on the road. The loss tonight will force a Game 7 in Toronto with the series tied at 3-3. Patterson finished with 8 points and 3 rebounds.


The Jameis Winston jokes continue… Ouch



See you all tomorrow as we gear up for the Kentucky Derby. Who ya got?

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

23 Comments for Sham’s Saturday News and Views

  1. Ben
    10:35 pm May 2, 2014 Permalink

    Bravo, Dantanna’s, bravo.

    That deserves a:

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  2. Horse Racing Knowledge
    10:58 pm May 2, 2014 Permalink

    Hello Ally. Sham did not finish 2nd in the Belmont Stakes. He actually finished 5th, which was last.

  3. atlantacat
    10:59 pm May 2, 2014 Permalink

    Sorry but Sham finished 5th in the Belmont, faded very quickly on the final turn.

  4. Alumni Gym
    11:23 pm May 2, 2014 Permalink

    As stated above, Sham finished 5th (last) in the Belmont. Further, he probably didn’t break the track record at the Derby either (few facts to support that he did, only guesses by a few). Fact checking must be a lost art, but man alive, when you don’t, it sure makes you look stupid.

  5. David
    11:31 pm May 2, 2014 Permalink

    sham did finish 5th in the Belmont, but did break the old Derby record; unfortunately it only counted for 2nd best…had it not been for Big Red, I believe Sham would have won the triple crown (he wouldn’t have expended himself trying to catch Secretariat and would have easily disposed of that Belmont field were it not for….)…but thankfully, he didn’t, Secretariat did and I still show my daughters the 1973 Belmont every time the Triple Crown rolls around…thank goodness for Youtube…and I’m old enough to remember watching it on TV in 73…still the greatest horse race (and horse) of all-time

    • Alumni Gym
      8:47 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

      David, there is zero proof that Sham broke the old Derby record, only speculation by a few. The field was not timed other than the race winner. Big Red won in 1:59 2/5. Sham was 21/2 lengths back, so it’s highly unlikely that he could have run it in under the old track record of 2:00.

  6. Ragland Givens
    12:20 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Had not Sham lost two teeth in the starting gate while waiting for the start of the Derby who knows he might have won. I’m sure that didn’t help his running

  7. chuck
    12:20 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks Ally for the well intended article. It has spurred memories and separated fact from fiction. Gob bless Big Red and cals hip

  8. Casper
    12:32 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    nice work Ally, shammit!

  9. Alydar
    1:10 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    So if you wanted to tell the tragic tale of a horse who finished as the runner-up in every Triple Crown race to a Triple Crown Winner, you should’ve stuck with the most recent one in 1978 and the great races between Affirmed and Alydar.

  10. CATandMONKEY
    1:31 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    There should be no “arguably” prior to ” the greatest racehorse of all-time.”

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  12. Josh Klinghoffer
    7:11 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Jameis Winston has now stolen crab leg….added to the list dirty leg, whisker biscuit and clam……man is a thief.

  13. cris
    7:18 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Cal’s hair still perfect even after surgery!!! LOL!!

  14. Sham was last
    7:42 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    “Facts are optional” has been taken to a brand new level. Sheesh.

  15. Megan
    8:54 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Has anyone told Ally that Sham finished last in the Belmont?

    Oh, I see they have. Anyone else want to pile on?

    Interesting factoid: Secretariat was so amazing, he established the Preakness record in 2012, 23 years after his death.

    • nageM
      9:22 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

      Sham finished last in the Belmont……

  16. Teachable Mo'
    9:48 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    My favorite Belmont finish isn’t Secretariat’s but Tim Tam’s (1958). Tim Tam had won the Derby and the Preakness but broke a leg on the backstretch of the Belmont. He toughed it out and finished 2nd.

  17. RealCatsFan
    9:49 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Well, fact checks aside, the point of the article still stands – Sham was an amazing horse in his own right. He just had to play second fiddle to Secretariat.

    And hearing the call of “…and down the stretch they come!” will send chills down my spine till the day I die.

  18. ekywildcat
    10:02 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    I can’t wait to see Jameis Winstons wonderlic score.

  19. GED
    10:17 am May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Get your facts straight…Sham was a complete scam. The horse never existed.

  20. jim809
    1:17 pm May 3, 2014 Permalink

    Does anyone remember Chick Anderson’s call of the 1973 Derby: “Secretariat is moving like a ‘tremendous machine,'” He hit the finish line 31 lengths ahead of the Twice a Prince.

    • Uhh...
      6:33 pm May 3, 2014 Permalink

      Do you mean the Belmont?