After a successful Oaks Day, it’s time for the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Starting at 11 a.m., a total of 14 races are set to take place throughout the day, with the Derby set to close things out at 7:01 p.m.
Tiz the Law is considered the overwhelming favorite at 6-5 overall, followed by Honor A.P. (8-1), Authentic (9-1), and Thousand Words (9-1).
Here is the updated list of odds:
- Tiz the Law (6-5)
- Honor A.P. (8-1)
- Authentic (9-1)
- Thousand Words (9-1)
- Money Moves (14-1)
- Max Player (15-1)
- Ny Traffic (16-1)
- Enforceable (22-1)
- Storm the Court (22-1)
- Sole Volante (24-1)
- Major Fed (28-1)
- South Bend (32-1)
- Necker Island (38-1)
- Attachment Rate (38-1)
- Winning Impression (38-1)
- Finnick the Fierce (SCR)
- King Guillermo (SCR)
Shedaresthedevil wins the Kentucky Oaks
Despite Gamine coming in as a heavy favorite, Shedaresthedevil pulled off the upset to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday afternoon.
As you may have heard on KSR earlier that morning, call-in sensation Kentucky Joe predicted that exact result to close out the show, even singing a song about why Shedaresthedevil is going to win the Oaks at 15-1 odds.
Not only did she win the race, she did it in record time, clocking in at 1:48.28, the fastest ever.
After the win, Shedaresthedevil and her trainer gave an awesome shoutout to Joe for singing the victory into existence.
— Brad H. Cox Racing (@bradcoxracing) September 5, 2020
Watch the races at KSBar and Grille
Looking for somewhere to watch the races? KSBar and Grille has you covered.
With races scheduled throughout the day, your favorite sports bar in Lexington will have some of your favorite Derby weekend favorites with Kentucky Hot Browns, Mint Juleps and Oaks Lilies, along with other drink specials.
A full college football schedule
It’s not just horse racing taking up the bulk of today’s schedule.
Starting this afternoon, there are six total FBS matchups scheduled throughout the day, including the first appearance by an in-state program with Eastern Kentucky taking on Marshall at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The Colonels come in as 24.5-point underdogs against the Thundering Herd, with the over-under for total points scored being set at 52.5.
Here is the full schedule:
- Eastern Kentucky at Marshall – 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Middle Tennessee at Army – 1:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)
- SMU at Texas State – 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Houston Baptist at North Texas – 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
- Arkansas State at Memphis – 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Stephen F. Austin at UTEP – 9 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
And then on Labor Day on Monday, we get a special matchup between BYU and Navy at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
From there, the fun really begins, as the ACC and Big 12 return next weekend, as does the NFL.
Both No. 1 seeds fall behind in the NBA
The Milwaukee Bucks are in serious trouble, falling behind 3-0 in their second-round series against the Miami Heat.
After taking home back-to-back losses to start the series, the No. 1 seed Bucks crumbled in the fourth quarter, scoring just 13 points in the final 12 minutes compared to 40 for the No. 5 seed Heat. The 40-13 point differential to close out the game was the biggest fourth-quarter margin in NBA playoff history, leading way to a 115-100 victory for Miami.
Regarding participating BBNBA members, Bam Adebayo led the way with 20 points (7-8 FG) and 16 rebounds, while Tyler Herro added 13 points (3-11 FG, 2-6 3PT), eight rebounds and three assists. For Milwaukee, Eric Bledsoe added eight points (2-9 FG), four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
In the second game of the evening, the other No. 1 seed in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers, fell to the Houston Rockets by a final score of 112-97 to fall behind 0-1 in the series.
Former Wildcat Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 25 points on 10-16 shooting, 14 rebounds, three steals, three blocks and an assist.
The Boston Celtics will look to brush off their buzzer-beating loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
Mark Stoops is a top-15 coach in college football
We’ll end our morning reading with a pat on the back for Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops.
As he gets the Wildcats ready to roll for their trip to Auburn on Sept. 26, one national outlet listed Stoops as a top-15 coach in the nation.
In his list of the top 25 coaches in the nation, SDS’ Connor O’Gara ranked Stoops No. 15 overall, ahead of the likes of Scott Satterfield (No. 25), Gus Malzahn (No. 23), Tom Herman (No. 18), and Jim Harbaugh (No. 17).
“Yes, I’d rather start my team with Stoops than Herman or Harbaugh,” O’Gara wrote. “That’s how much I believe in what he has built at Kentucky. There’s a reason Florida State wanted Stoops. He took over the SEC doormat that went 0-8 in conference play and led the program to its first winning SEC season in 4 decades. That’s not a typo. And last year, all he did was take a team with major turnover that got off to an 0-3 SEC start … and he won 8 games … with a wide receiver playing quarterback. That’s a testament to someone who has total control of the culture of his program.”
“I’d argue doing that at Kentucky as opposed to doing that at Florida State and Texas A&M is a bit more challenging, too,” O’Gara wrote.O’Gara goes one step further, comparing Stoops’ record to Jimbo Fisher’s at Texas A&M. Over the past three seasons, Stoops and Fisher have the same conference record (12-12), Top 25 finishes (1) and wins vs. AP Top 25 teams (3), but Stoops has three more wins and one fewer loss (25-14).”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
On that note, enjoy a beautiful day of horse racing, college football, basketball, and plenty more to get your Labor Day weekend off to a great start.