■ Not surprised that Ahmed Zayat's preference is for American Pharoah's next race to be the Travers. The purse increase to $1.6 million is awfully enticing.
■ The Travers makes the most sense. It's a historic race. It's about a month after American Pharoah's easy win in the Haskell.
If Pharoah runs in the Travers, however, he might need another race before the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
■ If Coolmore's Ashford Stud paid the reported $10 million to $20 million for American Pharoah's stallion rights, it got a tremendous bargain.
■ Even those doubting Walt Jocketty's ability to lead the Reds' rebuild have to admit that the general manager did well in the return for Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. The Reds picked up four good pitching prospects. You can never have enough good arms.
■ Kentucky soccer coach Jon Lipsitz is funny, interesting, outspoken and the builder of a growing soccer program. Last year, UK made its first Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. This year, UK made its first appearance in the coaches' preseason top 25.
■ Going into Tuesday's games, Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers had hit 55 batters, nine more than any other major league team. Yet the Pirates get upset when one of their batters is plunked.
■ Trevor Gott update: The former Tates Creek and UK reliever has a 2.29 ERA over 192⁄3 innings for the Los Angeles Angels.
■ Chaz Roe update: The former Lafayette star has a 2.43 ERA over 331⁄3 innings for the Baltimore Orioles.
■ Robbie Ross update: The former Lexington Christian star has a 3.98 ERA over 402⁄3 innings with the Boston Red Sox.
■ Yes, Lexington is a baseball town.
■ The Reds have started a record seven rookie pitchers this season.
■ Will Matthew Mitchell's new Go Big Blue Band be available on Spotify, or will Matthew pull a Taylor Swift?
■ LaMarcus Aldridge, who signed an $84 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, is building a guest house for his sneakers.
■ Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez on why Arizona has been able to beat Oregon: "We were doing Oregon stuff before Oregon was doing Oregon stuff."
■ This is the time of the year when the coach is as tired of talking about his team before the first football practice as we are tired of having to report what the coach is saying about his team before the first football practice.
■ Can you imagine how much fun next week's PGA Championship is going to be if Jordan Spieth continues his stellar play, Rory McIroy is healthy and Tiger Woods has actually improved enough to be in the hunt?
■ The College Football Playoff announced Monday that it will give each player a $2,500 stipend so that families can travel to the games.
■ So UFC phenom Ronda Rousey is the new face of Carl's Jr/Hardee's. Is she going to punch out some of those burger-eating, scantily-clad models from the previous commercials?
■ Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin is reportedly the second-highest paid coach in the SEC. His conference record: 13-11. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas.
■ Over the past four seasons, the Detroit Tigers have won 95, 88, 93 and 90 games. They won the AL Central Division each season. This year, the Tigers are 51-54, and general manager Dave Dombrowski stepped aside Tuesday. Tough crowd in the Motor City.
■ Another thing I don't click on the Internet: "Hype" videos.
■ With Colin Cowherd out at ESPN Radio, how am I going to get my Greg Cosell fix? I'm serious.