Quick hitters from the Derby after-glow:
21. The football recruiting "star system." If your end-all is recruiting rankings, the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft must have rocked your world.
20. Three-stars rule. Of the 32 players who were drafted in Thursday's first round, there were more Rivals.com three-star recruits (12) than either four-stars or five-stars (eight of each). Heck, there were four two-stars taken in round one.
19. The two-star position. Of the four former two-star recruits taken in the first round, three were cornerbacks.
18. Kentucky and the NFL Draft. Bud Dupree (first round, Pittsburgh) and Za'Darius Smith (fourth round, Baltimore), UK has now had at least one player chosen in the past eight NFL drafts.
17. The UK "recruiting star" draft breakdown. Of the 16 Wildcats drafted since 2008, three were four-star recruits; seven were three-stars; and five were two-stars. One, fullback John Conner, is not in the Rivals recruiting database. (Dupree, by the way, was rated as a three-star ... tight end.)
16. Louisville's draft bounty. A year after having four players drafted, U of L had a robust 10 players taken in the 2015 NFL Draft.
15. Charlie Strong. The 14 U of L players chosen in the past two drafts include three four-star recruits and 11 three-stars. Strong, the Louisville head coach from 2010 through 2013, did a boffo job evaluating and developing talent.
14. Moral of the draft. Sure, you would rather recruit like Alabama (signed 20 five-star recruits in the past five years) than Kentucky (never signed a five-star prospect in the Internet recruiting site era). But, filled with imprecision, recruiting rankings are not destiny.
13. Kentucky track and field. The UK women finished a school-best fifth in the NCAA indoor championships in March. Wildcats Coach Edrick Floreal said he expects a similar finish in the NCAA outdoors.
12. A national championship in 2015? Led by senior stars Kendra Harrison (hurdles) and Dezerea Bryant (sprints), Floreal believes UK's women have some shot at the outdoor national title. "Some years, it's not (possible). I think this year, it is — but we have to get some breaks," he said.
11. Kianna Gray. Floreal scored a recruiting coup when North Hardin star sprinter Gray — who has won seven Class 3A state championships in the past two years — chose UK over a who's who of track national powers.
10. Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball. For all the angst over the rash of spring recruiting misses, UK will be a viable Final Four contender next season — assuming prized recruit Skal Labissiere has no NCAA eligibility issues.
9. NBA mock draft I. DraftExpress.com projects 1. Karl-Anthony Towns; 4. D'Angelo Russell; 6. Willie Cauley-Stein; 15. Devin Booker; 17. Trey Lyles; 20. Cameron Payne; 21. Montrezl Harrell; 33. Terry Rozier; 34. Dakari Johnson; 47. Andrew Harrison; 60. Aaron Harrison.
8. NBA mock draft II. NBADraft.net projects: 1. Karl-Anthony Towns; 3. D'Angelo Russell; 9. Trey Lyles; 10. Willie Cauley-Stein; 14. Cameron Payne; 18. Devin Booker; 20. Montrezl Harrell; 24. Terry Rozier; 56. Aaron Harrison.
7. Dan McHale. The new EKU men's basketball coach spent two separate stints working as an aide on Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville.
6. You're fired. The volatile Pitino is famous for "firing" staff members in the heat of battle.
5. McHale's war stories. How many times did Pitino 'fire' McHale? "I'd say, on average, 30 times a year, maybe," McHale said, laughing. "He'd fire you, but he's got short-term memory. He moves on very quickly."
4. The "other" Pitino. McHale says Pitino has a nurturing side. "People don't see the other side, where he puts his arm around you, 'Let's go get a sandwich, just you and I, and talk,'" McHale said.
3. The 141st Kentucky Derby. The best part of this year's Run for the Roses is that the big-name horses, American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund, got clean trips and a fair shot to win.
2. Churchill Downs. A year ago, it seemed every person in North America claimed to have endured shoddy treatment at Churchill on Derby week.
1. Ahmed Zayat. Unprompted, the owner of Derby winner American Pharoah spoke about his 2015 treatment at Churchill:
"In the past there has been a lot of criticism about Churchill," Zayat said. "As a person who has been coming here and had more than one Derby runner, I have seen a 180-percent change in all attitudes."