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It’s a great day to download the NYRA Bets app because there are nine races on the opening day card at Churchill Downs. Circle the fourth race in your program. The first stakes race of the Derby Week meet is the 1 1/2 miles Champions Day Marathon Overnight Stakes, featuring 2019 Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston. It’s a good opportunity to build up a little bankroll before Friday and Saturday’s featured races.
Derby Week kicked off with the post position draw for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. Swiss Skydiver might have been the slight favorite over Gamine until she drew the inside post. Where each horse will run from in the 2020 Kentucky Oaks:
1) Swiss Skydiver (8-5), Tyler Gaffalione, Kenny McPeek
2) Tempers Rising (50-1), Julien Leparoux, Dallas Stewart
3) Donna Veloce (15-1), Ricardo Santana, Simon Callaghan
4) Speech (5-1), Javier Castellano, Michael McCarthy
5) Gamine (1-1), John Velazquez, Bob Baffert
6) Bayerness (50-1) Rafael Bejarano, Cherie DeVaux
7) Shedaresthedevil (20-1), Florent Geroux, Brad Cox
8) Hopeful Growth (30-1), Manny Franco, Anthony Margotta Jr.
9) Dream Marie (50-1), Joe Talamo, Matthew Williams
Today the post positions for the 146th Kentucky Derby will be drawn at 11 am ET. There’s been one late addition to the no 18-horse field, Mr. Big News. You can live stream the event on the Kentucky Derby’s official Twitter account, a place that also shares cool videos like this:
Take a ride on Enforceable… pic.twitter.com/CWr31QNe8U
— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) August 31, 2020
Jai Lucas is Officially a Wildcat
The University of Kentucky officially announced the addition of Jai Lucas to John Calipari’s staff as special assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator. Lucas comes to UK after eight years at Texas, the school he transferred to after initially choosing to play at Florida over Kentucky back in 2007.
“My family and I are excited about coming to the University of Kentucky and joining the Big Blue Nation,” Lucas said in a statement. “The opportunity to work under a Hall of Fame head coach and three former head coaches, along with a good friend in Joel Justus was hard to turn down. When you think of college basketball you think of Kentucky and its tradition, the fan base and championships. I am thankful for the opportunity to finally be a part of the University of Kentucky basketball family. Let’s go get number nine.”
We’ll hear more from Lucas when he sits down with the media tomorrow morning.
Bam got Hosed
The NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2020 was Brandon Ingram, not Bam Adebayo. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Is it because I think all former Wildcats are better than former Blue Devils? Of course, but that doesn’t make it wrong either.
Even though Bam didn’t bring home the hardware, he did help the Heatles knock off the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bam had 12 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists, while Tyler Herro scored 11, including a crucial three in the closing minutes, to help the Heat win 115-104. Jimmy Butler was alright too, I guess. He only had 40 points, no big deal.
Butler’s 40-point performance ain’t got nothing on what Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray have been doing. Before this opening round series between the Jazz and the Nuggets, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson were the only players to record multiple 50-point games in one playoff series. Both Murray and Mitchell have done that in the first six games of this opening round in the NBA Bubble.
Tonight the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry is renewed for a seventh and decisive game, one where either player could become the first to ever score 50 or more points three times in one series. Prepare for fireworks at 8:30 pm ET on TNT.
A Big Night for Austin MacGinnis
I’ve never been more excited for a night of Hard Knocks. This weekend the Rams had a kicking competition. I know the results, but I still don’t know if I can bare to watch Austin MacGinnis in action. I’ll cross my fingers once the episode begins at 10 pm ET on HBO.
UK Football Returns to Practice
The Cats are back in action. Miss what happened through the first two weeks of practice? Drew Franklin has you covered. While you’re at it, enjoy some views from UK’s first scrimmage before Eddie Gran speaks to reporters this evening.
Big football weekend here in the Bluegrass ?? pic.twitter.com/stguTKXZfL
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 30, 2020
Study Hall is in Session at KSBar and Grille
The library isn’t exactly an ideal place to be during a pandemic. Luckily, you can still socially distance with high-speed internet and specials at KSBar and Grille. As someone who used KSBar as an office for about a year while KSOffice was under construction and who still hops on the Wi-Fi from time to time to upload videos, I can attest to KSBar’s hardware. It’s good to go. And so are these $7 specials that include a drink. If you need a pick-me-up, Red Bull is only $2 more.
A New Matt Jones Podcast
After taking a brief hiatus, KSR’s Fearless Leader has produced another exciting edition of The Matt Jones Podcast. Today you’ll hear from former Kentucky State Police Commissioner and current Jeffersontown Police Chief, Rick Sanders. Subscribe to The Matt Jones Podcast on Apples Podcasts to be the first to access the audio.
Black Lives Matter
We ask you to join us. pic.twitter.com/XYoFVnfHJX
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 1, 2020