John Clay's notes: Horse racing running on frog juice for the first time

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistJune 19, 2012 

Random notes:

■ Is frog juice the next big drug scandal in horse racing?

The New York Times reported Tuesday (Page C5) that a tweak in testing procedures had caused more than 30 horses in four states to test positive for a performance-enhancing "potion" derived from a South African frog.

That's right, frog juice.

Makes Lasix sound tame.

■ Kent State has eliminated Kentucky and Florida from the NCAA Baseball Tournament, and the Golden Flashes can knock out two-time defending champ South Carolina on Wednesday.

In a four-team college football playoff, a Kent State never even gets a shot.

■ From Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News: In 2010-11, Florida spent $1,038,144 on baseball. Kent State spent $107,162.

■ And remember, LSU was ousted in its own Baton Rouge Regional by Stony Brook.

■ Many of the mock NBA drafts from the mock experts have former UK guard Doron Lamb tumbling out of the first round.

■ Considering Kentucky is playing Indiana in maybe the most anticipated college basketball game of the upcoming season in Rupp Arena, easy to see why UK is raising ticket prices.

Oh, yeah, never mind.

■ Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino sold his Fayetteville home at a loss of $550,000.

Given that he was fired from his job when news leaked of an affair with a 25-year-old co-worker, that's one expensive doghouse.

■ Current Louisville coach Charlie Strong is trying to "tone down" expectations now that his Cards are being picked to win the Big East.

These are the same Cards that said they played with a chip on their shoulders last year after being picked to finish near the bottom of the league.

■ Dick Vitale thinks the Charlotte Bobcats should pick Kansas forward Thomas Robinson with the No. 2 pick.

Me, I wouldn't pass on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

■ I have never seen a baseball player as locked-in on nearly every at-bat as Joey Votto.

■ Can we get a new rule that all major golf tournaments must be played on the West Coast so we can watch them in prime time?

■ Reds pitcher Mat Latos accused the Cleveland Indians of stealing signs Monday when he was roughed up for seven runs in four innings.

Considering Latos' ERA is 5.20 for the season, most teams must be stealing his signs.

■ Former UK center and expected No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis told the New Orleans media on Tuesday he was pulling for LeBron James and the Heat over Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the NBA Finals.

Here's the funny thing: Since both James and Durant visited UK last summer, they both got to meet Davis before he became famous.

■ The economy might pick up if we could get back the federal dollars wasted on trying to prosecute Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

Or at least pay down the national debt.

■ The sensational Frankel improved his record to 11-0 with an 11-length win in the Queen Anne Stakes in England on Tuesday. And he did it without running on Lasix.

■ The gambling Web site Beyond the Bets has put the over/under on UK football victories for next season at 4.5. That's lowest in the SEC.

■ If you have $1.25 million, you can buy the plane LSU head football coach Les Miles uses for recruiting. It's for sale. School wants to buy him a newer one.

■ Looks like the newest form of the BCS will include a selection committee to choose entrants for a four-team college football playoff.

Rest assured there will be no politics or favoritism involved in such a committee.

■ Amazing stat: Only one former Mike Krzyzewski player has ever won an NBA title. That would be Danny Ferry with San Antonio in 2002-03. Current Miami Heat forward Shane Battier could be the second.

John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Email: jclay@herald-leader.com. Twitter: @johnclayiv. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com

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