Last year, Doug O’Neill bypassed Churchill Downs and trained Nyquist at Keeneland in preparation for the Kentucky Derby. It worked. So this year, O’Neill is using the same approach with Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Irap.
You thought the college basketball season was over. It’s never over. Missouri is executing a major turnaround. Tubby Smith is dealing with a mass exodus at Memphis. Some star underclassmen are actually deciding to put off the NBA Draft and return to school.
Gunnar Hoak’s stellar spring game provides Kentucky football another option at quarterback. Starter Stephen Johnson produced a bowl berth last season. Former starter Drew Barker is nearly full-go after back surgery. Hoak showed he has a future. When is the last time UK had this sort of depth at QB?
John Schnatter spiced up U of L’s athletics board meeting on Wednesday. Roy Williams fires back at Maryland’s “double idiot” president. J.T. Riddle makes his Major League Baseball debut. And more random notes.
The Kentucky Theatre on Monday night showed the premiere of ESPN’s “One and Not Done” documentary about John Calipari. The Kentucky basketball coach found it hard to watch. And it’s all there from Calipari’s career, the good, the bad, the critics and the fans. Even if you think you know all things Calipari, the behind-the-scenes moments make it worth your time.
Saturday was a day of comebacks on the Kentucky Derby trail. Irish War Cry returned to form in the Wood Memorial. Irap made history in the Blue Grass Stakes. Gormley rebounded in the Santa Anita Derby. Where does that leave the Kentucky Derby?
Ian Wilkes helped train Kentucky Derby winners Unbridled and Street Sense. Now out on his own, the Australian has posssible Kentucky Derby favorite McCraken. That is if McCraken runs strong in Saturday’s loaded Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Always Dreaming won Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby. Girvin won Saturday’s Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. This year, however, the favorite for Kentucky Derby 143 is likely to come out of Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Official John Higgins reported that he received death threats after working Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. The incident gives Kentucky basketball fans' image a black eye. Also, all hail Sindarius Thornwell. A sunny Reds projection. More random notes.
It is the 25th anniversary of The Shot. All these years later, the 1992 East Region finals between Kentucky and Duke, maybe the greatest college basketball game ever played, has stood the test of time. But what if Christian Laettner had missed?
Kentucky and North Carolina, two of the sport’s most successful programs, played twice this season. Kentucky won 103-100 in December. North Carolina won 75-73 in March. Unfortunately for UK, March matters more.
No. 1 seed North Carolina plays No. 2 seed Kentucky on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four. It’s historic program vs. historic program. It’s history and greatness and an unforgiving bottom line. One goes on. One goes home.
People warned Kentucky about hiring John Calipari. Eight years later, on his return to Memphis, it can be said that the warnings were not warranted. Calipari may not be for everybody. He’s been perfect for Kentucky.
The SEC has three teams in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Now it adds Will Wade and welcomes back Cuonzo Martin and Robert Williams. NCAA Tournament picks. John Calipari vs. Coach K. And more random notes.
UCLA plays Kentucky in a highly anticipated South Region semifinal on Friday night. The No. 1 side story is not the players, however. Instead, it centers around whether UCLA Coach Steve Alford is about to return to his native Indiana.
Kentucky comes up tough to beat Wichita State 65-62 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The win sends John Calipari’s Cats on to Memphis where they will play in a South Region semifinal on Friday night.
Last season, Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament ended early with a second-round loss to Indiana. Now the Cats face a tough Wichita State team in the second round. Neither team wants to experience that empty feeling of having to go home.