Who’s ready for a day of racing? Believe it or not, it’s officially Oaks Day, a little over four months after the originally scheduled date of May 1.
This afternoon, the Longines Kentucky Oaks – America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies – is set to take place at 5:45 p.m. ET, with 13 total races running throughout the day.
The Oaks is a $1.25 Million Grade 1 stakes race, which will award the winning filly a garland of lilies, one of the longest continually held sporting events in American history. First established on May 19th, 1875, the Kentucky Oaks is the second highest attended horse race in the United States.
As for the specifics of the race, Gamine comes in as the overwhelming favorite at even odds, followed by Swiss Skydiver (8-5) and Speech (5-1).
Here are the updated odds:
- Gamine (Even)
- Swiss Skydiver (8-5)
- Speech (5-1)
- Donna Veloce (15-1)
- Shedaresthedevil (20-1)
- Hopeful Growth (30-1)
- Tempers Rising (50-1)
- Bayerness (50-1)
- Dream Marie (50-1)
The first post time is scheduled for 11 a.m., with races scheduled throughout the day till 6:20 p.m.
Watch the races at KSBar and Grille
Looking for somewhere to watch the races? KSBar and Grille has you covered.
Starting at 4 p.m., 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.
FBS college football returned Thursday evening
College football officially returned this past weekend when Central Arkansas took home a season-opening victory over Austin Peay on August 29, but the FBS schedule officially began on Thursday evening with two games featuring Conference USA programs.
UAB got the evening started against Central Arkansas, followed by Southern Miss’ home matchup against South Alabama.
In game one, UAB took home a 45-35 victory over the the Bears of Central Arkansas, led by 459 total yards (233 rushing) and six total touchdowns for the Dragons.
In game two, however, South Alabama managed to pull off the dominant road upset, beating Southern Miss by a final score of 32-21. The Golden Eagles came in as 13-point favorites over the Jaguars.
After a day off, college football will return on Saturday with six total FBS matchups, including the first appearance by an in-state program with Eastern Kentucky taking on Marshall at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The offseason has been long and miserable, but college football is officially back.
While college football is just beginning, the NBA is rolling through its postseason, as all first-round matchups have come to a close and round two is well underway.
In Thursday evening’s double header of high-profile matchups, one game was a bloodbath, while the other was a ridiculous last-second buzzer-beater for the win.
For the former, the Los Angeles Clippers took home a dominant 120-97 game one victory over the Denver Nuggets, with Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 29 points (12-16 shooting), three assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block. Jamal Murray finished with just 12 points on 5-15 shooting and 2-8 from three in the loss.
In game two between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics, however, OG Anunoby of the Raptors hit a game-winning three-pointer with just 0.5 seconds to go, coming out on top by a final score of 104-103.
— NBA (@NBA) September 4, 2020
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 31 points (13-23 shooting), eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals, with Fred VanVleet also adding 25 points on 9-22 shooting and 5-13 from three.
For the Celtics, Kemba Walker led the way with 29 points (9-15 shooting, 4-7 from three), three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the loss. Jaylen Brown added 19 points while Jayson Tatum finished with 15.
Regarding former Wildcats, Enes Kanter finished with four points (2-2 shooting) and one rebound.
As for today’s games, the Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe) will look to turn things around against the Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro) at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers beginning their series against the Houston Rockets at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Kentucky has Zoom meeting with Daimion Collins
2021 five-star forward Daimion Collins was scheduled to join KSR’s Sources Say Podcast on Thursday. Then, UK head coach John Calipari had other plans.
As reported by Cats Illustrated insider and Sources Say Podcast cohost Travis Graf, Collins had a Zoom meeting with the Kentucky coaching staff on Thursday evening, just over a week after the program extended an offer.
Daimion Collins is having a Zoom call with Kentucky this evening, he tells me.
— Travis Graf (@TravisGraf_) September 3, 2020
Kentucky first extended a scholarship offer to the five-star prospect out of Atlanta, TX on Aug. 26. Collins, a 6-foot-9 forward, is considered the No. 20 overall prospect and No. 6 power forward in the senior class.
As for Collins’ appearance on the Sources Say Podcast, the hope is that he will join the show at some point this afternoon, with the Kentucky target set to discuss his Zoom meeting with the UK coaching staff, his highly anticipated offer, and Jai Lucas’ move to Lexington, among other topics.
Until then, check out his highlights below:
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones and the KSR crew are back from 10 a.m. ET to noon.