“If you’re not first, you’re last.” Reese Bobby must have trained my horse.
Technically, it was not my horse. Two weeks ago my parents bought into a horse racing syndicate with some family friends at Churchill Downs. V Tach M.D. is a pretty gray horse with an ugly name. An ornery three-year, when I fed him peppermints in the stables last week he nipped at me on more than one occasion. I told myself, “It’s just because he’s ready to get up the road.” That wasn’t exactly the case.
Friday afternoon V Tach, a.k.a. Mr. Giggles, was the second-favorite in Churchill Downs’ opening race at 5-2. Calm, cool and collected inside the paddock, he was poised to make an excellent start while representing the Roushes. That did not change when he left the gate. The gray bolted out to an early lead in the mile and a sixteenth race, setting the pace with a comfortable one length lead. Unfortunately, the race was farther than six furlongs.
Coming around the final turn, it looked like V Tach went into ventricular tachycardia. Not only did he fall off the lead, he went all the way to dead last. With 1/8 to go, every horse was in contention…except V Tach. He finished last, 20.5 lengths behind the fifth-place horse. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
Instead of living with a loser, the horse was claimed. V Tach has officially been disowned. I am no longer associated with the biggest loser…which means he’ll probably win a five furlong sprint in his next race by ten lengths. Fade Roush.
Since I lost all my money on that slow poke, I’ll have to win it all back tonight. For the second Downs After Dark of the meet, Churchill Downs is hosting a Woodstock themed party — “Peace, Love and Horse Racing.” Gates open at 5:00 with live music starting at 6:00. Just bring a little extra cash. General admission into the event is $12.
Alcohol at UK?
For years university administrators left the SEC Spring Meetings without making significant changes to its alcohol policy. The momentum finally reached a breaking point. Yesterday the SEC announced it will no longer prohibit member schools from selling alcohol stadium-wide at sporting events.
The decision comes with a few caveats. Only beer and wine can be served, and it cannot be served and sold by vendors in the stands. There are a few other guidelines that must be followed by schools who wish to implement it into their stadiums. Now the ball is in UK’s court. Eli Capilouto released the following statement:
“The SEC has taken the right approach to this important issue by deferring to the individual, member institutions to make decisions about what is in the best interests of each university, their programs, and their fans.
“Led by Director Barnhart, UK will take the next several months to consider this issue. We will, as always, seek to do what is right for the University, our student-athletes, and the experience and safety of our fans.”
It should not take several months to consider the issue. Alcohol is already sold and served in suites. If the rich are allowed to drink, so should the rest of the stadium. How they implement it and prepare the facilities for beer and wine may take some time to consider, but if the UK administration does not open up beer and wine sales stadium-wide, they’re hypocrites.
Who’s Out on Alcohol
Following the announcement, most schools released statements like UK’s. “We’re considering all options blah, blah blah.” A few other schools are hesitant to jump on board. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Miss. State will not make the move this year. Naturally, those are two of UK’s four road opponents in 2019.
No NBA Finals?
Because they really needed that extra day off. At least we have the Stanley Cup Finals. Game three between the Bruins and the Blues is in St. Louis at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Barry is Incredible
Once Game of Thrones ended, I needed a new show. Over the last two weeks, HBO’s Barry has filled that void. A drama with excellent comic relief, Bill Hader is a hitman who is trying to leave that life to become an actor under the tutelage of Henry Winkler.
What makes the show great is it’s formula: there is none. You never know how the 30 minutes will unfold. NoHo Hank will make you laugh uncontrollably, then five minutes later the action will make your anxiety go through the roof. Episode five of season two “ronny/lily” is the most fun I’ve had watching television in a long time. If you want to lazily binge-watch something new, you gotta check out Barry.
Recruiting Kicks Up…Next Weekend
Official visitors will pour onto campus, along with a bunch of football campers, starting next weekend. Until then, catch up on who the Cats are targeting, who will be visiting and more by checking out KSR’s UK Football Recruiting Big Board. It only takes one look to understand the standard has been raised in Kentucky football recruiting.
Speaking of camps, there’s still time and spots open to register for football and basketball camps. UK is offering even more than that. Check out all of your options here.
You gotta see this John Young interview
If the Big Board didn’t convince you the Cats are in good shape on the football recruiting front, let UK commit John Young tell you what he expects to see over the summer.
“In the coming weeks, I think we’re going to have a really big summer. I think we’re in a really good spot with some receivers, a couple running backs and a certain safety from the state as well.”