Good morning, BBN! It’s time to nurse that Halloween Hangover, (I recommend a good, stout Bloody Mary) and recap the very busy weekend in Lexington. There’s a lot to get through, so grab a cup of coffee (or the aforementioned adult beverage) and review the highs and lows of the past few days.
American Pharoah ends on a high note
Everybody’s favorite thoroughbred, American Pharoah won the Breeder’s Cup Saturday afternoon and everyone’s heart soared for the big bay horse with the cropped tail.
Pharoah has had a heck of a year, he swept the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and only the 12th in history, an his stellar performance at the Breeder’s Cup yesterday was the perfect way to end the horse’s career. He beat his opponent, Effinex by six and a half lengths and netted the $2.75 million first-place check for his owners.
Now, it’s time for Pharoah to plan for his retirement here in his Old Kentucky Home, where I’m sure many visitors will still clamor to catch a glimpse of the modern-day legend who brought the magic back to horse racing.
Tennessee spooks us
After watching American Pharoah clean house, I was expecting a little more from our other Kentucky athletes Saturday night during the Kentucky vs. Tennessee game. While I don’t think anyone was really expecting a win from the Cats, we were surprised when the Volunteers handed us a blow-out win at home. If you didn’t get to watch, count yourself lucky, it was more brutal than Jason Voorhees at Crystal Lake. I’m not going into the nitty, gritty details, (I’ll save it for another post) but last night’s game just makes me hate Tennessee even more and a second weak performance from the Wildcats has got me worried.
Basketball is Coming
In other news, the Kentucky Wildcat Basketball season will begin soon and today Coach John Calipari is busy at the annual coach’s clinic. Cal has already spoken about the team this year and said : “The difference between us being a good team and a special team will be how we rebound this year.”
Well, at least, he isn’t saying his team stinks now…
Coach Cal talking to a big crowd here this morning for the annual Coaches' Clinic. pic.twitter.com/zf482WTum8
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) November 1, 2015