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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Kentucky Oaks Edition

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Good morning and happy Friday, ladies and gentlemen of The Big Blue Nation. Additionally, happy early Mother's Day to our readers who also just so happen to be mothers. Hopefully you are feted this weekend for your never-ending, year-round efforts. May you spend the weekend overseeing yard work in the cushy shade from afar, being fanned and fed grapes by your familial youth.

Today is the annual running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. You know, the day Louisville hipsters trade their flannel for seersucker and proclaim this day is "actually better than the Derby." By the way, do you know how many Louisville hipsters it takes to screw in a light bulb? Well, it's this really obscure number - I doubt you've heard of it.

The Oaks, as most of us know, is a race for three-year old fillies. The top 14 fillies have each qualified using a point system over previous races in the past year. This year, Rachel Valentina, daughter of 2009 winner Rachel Alexandra, is a slight favorite in what should be a competitive race.

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Speculation: this is a not-so-veiled shot at former Kentucky assistant Derrick Ansley who is currently in Ohio recruiting for Alabama.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • JUCO signee Jordan Bonner appears to have recovered from his stabbing in March. UK will need him this fall, but he was already behind the eight ball being a summer-arriving JUCO.
  • Do you like message board meltdowns as much as I do? It's a vice, I know, but this is a fun thread about former UK player Lloyd Tubman possibly transferring to Louisville. Some make him out to be such a totem to liberty you'd be excused if you thought everyone was actually referring to Harriet Tubman.
Kentucky basketball
  • Four Wildcats will participate in the NBA Combine. Briscoe will also be doing individual workouts for teams.
  • Here's a Mark Story op-ed on UK women's basketball (h/t WW).
  • Marques Bolden Watch: Day MMCLVIII
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