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Sunday Quickies: Derby Controversy Edition

The Kentucky Derby is at the center of the sporting world for all the wrong reasons.

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The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby will be one that none of us forget. It’s doubtful that the winner will contend for a Triple Crown. And the winner didn’t dominate the field. Country House was given the garland of roses yet didn’t cross the finish line first. The horse that did that was Maximum Security.

After the race was over, we all thought that Maximum Security had won. He led for the majority of the race and he pulled away at the end. But there was an inquiry into whether or not Maximum Security crossed into another horse’s lane and impeded his progress.

After about 15 minutes of viewing the tape and deliberation, it was ruled that Maximum Security was disqualified from the race and that Country House, the second place horse, was the winner.

I’m not an expert on horse racing. Not even close. Maybe the officials reviewing the tape got it right. They most likely did. But it just doesn’t feel that way.

Tweets of the Day

Lost in all of this is that a major catastrophe was averted. Looks at the legs and the proximity of the horses.

A historical day for all the wrong reasons.

I don’t know Lunetha personally but keeping John Calipari and his schedule on track makes her a saint. Give her a raise, Cal!

I watched the entire second half of this game and I think Steph Currt missed four lay ups. This was the worst one.


Maximum Security owner considering appeal | NBC- If you think this is over, you’ve got another thing coming. This isn’t over by a longshot.

Inside the decision to disqualify Maximum Security | Sports Illustrated- A deep dive into the process of the biggest decision in the history of horse racing.

NCAA launches probe into Arizona’s basketball program | CBS- It was only a matter of time before this happened but the testimony from Christian Dawkins that Sean Miller paid DeAndre Ayton $10,000 a month probably pushed the NCAA into action.

Curry goes 7-23 in loss to Rockets | ESPN- There’s no doubt that Steph Curry will one day be in the hall of fame. This performance won’t be a part of his highlight reel. The Rockets stay alive down 2-1.

Cats in final four for 2020 star | Cats Pause- Jalen Johnson is the number three player in the class of 2020. The five star forward released his final four with Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, and Wisconsin on it. The Cats are the heavy favorites.

LeBron James breaks silence on Magic Johnson’s departure | Sporting News- James expressed shock and dismay on his TV show The Shop when talking about the departure of Magic Johnson. Things have been a debacle in LA for LeBron. But at least his foray into TV and movies is going well.

Double header for Cats and Hogs | UK Athletics- The rain spoiled the game yesterday so the teams will play two starting at 1:00 PM today. The Cats are down 0-1 in the series.

George RR Martin teases Game of Thrones spinoffs | Collider- WE DON'T CARE GEORGE WHAT ABOUT WINDS OF WINTER????!!!!!!