Rise and shine, BBN! If you’re not already drowning in Mint Juleps at Churchill Downs, or getting prepared for your big Derby party, what are you waiting for?
This afternoon, we will see the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, where 20 horses will compete in “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”
Omaha Beach, the original favorite, and Haikal have scratched, so here is a look at the updated betting odds on all of the other participants (courtesy of NJ.com and KentuckyDerby.com):
Program # | Horse (Trainer/Jockey) | Morning-line | Latest odds
1. War of Will (Casse/Gaffalione) | 15/1 | 17-1
2. Tax (Gargen/Alvarado) | 20/1 | 36-1
3. By My Standards (Calhoun/Saez) | 15/1 | 14-1
4. Gray Magician (Miller/VanDyke) | 50/1 | 28-1
5. Improbable (Baffert/Ortiz Jr.) | 5/1 | 5-1
6. Vekoma (Weaver/JCastellano) | 15/1 | 22-1
7. Maximum Security (Servis/Saez) | 8/1 | 5-1
8. Tacitus (Mott/Ortiz) | 8/1 | 5-1
9. Plus Que Parfait (Walsh/Santana Jr.) | 30/1 | 49-1
10. Cutting Humor (Pletcher/Smith) 30/1 | 22-1
13. Code of Honor (McGaughey III/Velasquez) 12/1 | 13-1
14. Win Win Win (Trombetta/Pimentel) 15/1 | 15-1
15. Master Fencer (Tsunoda/Leparoux) 50/1 | 49-1
16. Game Winner (Baffert/Rosario) 9/2 | 6-1
17. Roadster (Baffert/Geroux) 5/1 | 9-1
18. Long Range Toddy (Asmussen/Court) 30/1 | 44-1
19. Spinoff (Pletcher/Franco) 30/1 | 49-1
20. Country House (Mott/Prat) 30/1 | 67-1
21. Bodexpress (Delgado/Landeros) 30/1 | 99-1
Here are all of the races, times, and where you can bet on them if you’re at the track:
|1||10:30AM||WPS EX DD P3 P5|
|2||11:01AM||WPS EX DD P3 P4|
|3||11:31AM||WPS EX DD P3|
|4||12:03PM||WPS EX DD P3 P5|
|5||12:35PM||WPS EX DD P3 P4|
|6||1:13PM||WPS EX DD P3|
|7||1:55PM||WPS EX DD P3 S6|
|8||2:45PM||WPS EX DD P3 P5|
|9||3:37PM||WPS EX DD P3 P4|
|10||4:28PM||WPS EX DD P3 P5|
|11||5:25PM||WPS EX DD P3 P4 (Old Forester Turf Classic)|
|12||6:50PM||WPS EX DD P3 SH5 (Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve)|
|13||7:50PM||WPS EX DD|
If you missed Chad Lashbrook’s Derby Day Handicapping Guide, featuring a breakdown of all of today’s races, you can take a look at that below:
Now to catch you up on everything else going on around the Bluegrass…
In the 145th running of the Kentucky Oaks yesterday evening, Serengeti Empress took home the Lillies for the Fillies.
In front of 105,719 attendees, the 3-year-old filly pulled off the victory at 18-1 odds in a final time of 1:50.17. Out of 14 participants, Serengeti Empress was one of nine fillies with odds at or above 15-1.
The 3-year-old filly ran the one and one-eight mile race in front of a crowd of 105,719 attendees, according to Churchill Downs. Serengeti Empress was bred right here in the Bluegrass.
Behind Serengeti Empress, Liora ran second, Lady Apple was third and Champagne Anyone finished fourth.
Here is the footage of the impressive victory:
Kentucky Oaks (G1)
1800m , 1.250.000 $ , for 3yo mares#KYOAKS#churchilldowns ??
Serengeti Empress (USA)
(Alternation – Havisham by Bernardini)
J: Jose Ortiz
O: Joel Politi pic.twitter.com/RF1CAzspsk
— ?? (@WorldRacing_) May 3, 2019
Yesterday marked the beginning of a long weekend of commencement ceremonies at the University of Kentucky, where 71 total student-athletes are set to graduate.
For starters, Kentucky head coach John Calipari couldn’t contain his excitement in watching his son, Brad, walk across the stage and shake President Eli Capilouto’s hand.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 3, 2019
Former Kentucky football star and current New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson was also proud of himself for finally earning his degree in integrated strategic communication:
After completing his fifth year in the @nfl, LB @AWilliamson54 returned to UK in the off-season to finish his degree in integrated strategic communication. Today, it was all worth it. Congrats, Avery! #WeAreUK
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— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 3, 2019
The UK Athletics department put together a rundown of just a few of the graduating student-athletes on Friday:
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) May 3, 2019
I also (somehow) managed to get that fancy piece of paper yesterday morning, as well:
Time for the real world.
Kahlil Whitney is officially a Wildcat
After nine long months of waiting, five-star forward Kahlil Whitney can now finally say that he is officially a Kentucky Wildcat.
At a ceremony at his former school, the 6-foot-7 prospect signed his National Letter of Intent, making him an official member of Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.
“I chose Kentucky because it was my dream school,” Whitney said in a statement. “I feel that Coach Cal can coach, motivate and get the maximum potential on and off the court out of me.”
— THE DRAGON? (@KahlilWhitney) May 3, 2019
Kentucky head coach John Calipari is also excited about Whitney’s addition.
“As far as Kahlil is on the basketball court, he’s long and athletic,” Calipari said. “He’s in the same mold of some of the best players we’ve had here in that he has the athleticism to impact the game offensively, yet I believe he can be a difference maker defensively. He’s an elite finisher at the rim with the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive it. Khalil, who is originally from Chicago, has watched this program since Anthony Davis won a title with us and has wanted to be a part of this program for a while. I believe he’s only scratched the surface of how good he can be and I can’t wait to get to work with him.”
Whitney joins Tyrese Maxey, Keion Brooks Jr., Dontaie Allen, and Nate Sestina as signed 2019 prospects for Kentucky.
Former Wildcats shine in the NBA Playoffs
Last night, BBNBA members Jamal Murray and Enes Kanter put on a show for their respective teams in the NBA Playoffs.
Murray led the Denver Nuggets with 34 points on 14-32 shooting to go with nine rebounds, five assists, and a steal in their quadruple-overtime loss against Kanter’s Trailblazers.
In the victory, Kanter managed 18 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, and a block in the victory.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 4, 2019
Eric Bledsoe’s Milwaukee Bucks also pulled off a victory last night, defeating the Boston Celtics by a final score of 123-116. The former Wildcat finished with nine points (4-15 shooting), one rebound, and four assists.
Star Wars Day
Before we go all-in on Derby for the rest of the day, UK Athletics also wanted you to know that May 4th is officially Star Wars Day.