Pharaoh Gallops at Churchill, Will Face 10 in Belmont Monday, May 25 2015 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 25, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah continued his training for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (GI) by galloping 1 ¼ miles over a sloppy Churchill Downs main track on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET with Jorge Alvarez up.

“He went great,” Alvarez said. “He loves the slop.”

Jimmy Barnes, chief assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, also was pleased with how the homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped over the sloppy going.

“He went very nice and looked good,” Barnes said. “He likes an off track. Everything seems fine.”

Three-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert. Photo by Bill Brymer.

Kentucky Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert. Photo by Bill Brymer.

American Pharoah is 2-for-2 on an off track. His two wins in the slop came in the Rebel (GII) at Oaklawn Park and the May 16 Preakness.

Baffert is scheduled to fly into Louisville from California on Monday night to oversee his string of 12 horses that are stabled at Churchill Downs. Aside from American Pharoah, he has last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Bayern and 2014 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) winner Hoppertunity in training at Churchill Downs. Barnes said that Baffert would determine Tuesday morning when American Pharoah would resume breezing.

Baffert is expected to be at Barn 33 Tuesday morning and will return to California later that day.

In other Belmont Stakes news, Conquest Stables’ Conquest Curlinate jogged and galloped one mile with exercise rider Jorge Balbuena in the irons for trainer Mark Casse.

Christopher Dunn, Glenn K. Ellis and Ron Paolucci’s War Story galloped 1 ½ miles with exercise rider Marvin Orantes up for trainer Tom Amoss.

Jerry Crawford’s Keen Ice galloped 1 ½ miles with exercise rider Faustno Agular in the irons for trainer Dale Romans.

American Pharoah (Barn 33), Conquest Curlinate (Barn 36), Keen Ice (Barn 4) and War Story (Barn 29) are the locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders stabled at Churchill Downs.

BELMONT STAKES POSSIBLE FIELD – The possible 11-horse Belmont Stakes lineup (with jockey and trainer): Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah (Victor Espinoza, Bob Baffert); Blue Grass champ and Kentucky Derby 10th Carpe Diem (undecided, Todd Pletcher); Peter Pan runner-up Conquest Curlinate (Shaun Bridgmohan, Mark Casse); Blue Grass fourth and Kentucky Derby 11th Frammento (Mike Smith, Nick Zito); Wood Memorial and Kentucky Derby 4th Frosted (Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin); Louisiana Derby 4th and Kentucky Derby 7th Keen Ice (Kent Desormeaux, Dale Romans); Peter Pan winner Madefromlucky (undecided, Todd Pletcher); Florida Derby champ and Kentucky Derby 6th Materiality (undecided, Todd Pletcher); UAE Derby winner and Kentucky Derby 8th Mubtaahij-IRE (Irad Ortiz Jr., Mike de Kock); Preakness runner-up Tale of Verve (Gary Stevens, Dallas Stewart); and Louisiana Derby 3rd and Kentucky Derby 16th War Story (Colby Hernandez).

FANS INVITED TO WATCH SPECIAL 8:30-8:45 A.M. TRAINING FOR BELMONT CONTENDERS – With Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah and three other Belmont Stakes contenders stabled on the grounds, Churchill Downs Racetrack is offering a special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period for those horses through Tuesday, June 2. Additionally, area horse racing fans are invited to watch those colts train from the first floor of the facility, including the new Courtyard area, free of charge.

Churchill Downs Racetrack will open its Gate 17 entrance between 8-9 a.m. each morning through June 2 so the public can watch Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah along with rivals Conquest Curlinate, Keen Ice and War Story prepare for the 1 ½-mile third jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown – the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on Saturday, June 6.

Churchill Downs’ concessionaire Levy Restaurants will have coffee, juice, soda, water and doughnuts available for purchase near the Aristides Garden. Also, video of the exercises will be shown on the Big Board and infield video screens.

Those unable to attend can watch an online live stream of the daily exercises at from 8:30-8:45 a.m. through Tuesday, June 2. Also, clips of the activity will be uploaded on the Kentucky Derby YouTube channel. A graphic with each horse’s name will appear on the screen with the corresponding horse, although a majority of the focus will be on American Pharaoh.

Despite rainfall and short notice, more than 100 fans attended Monday’s debut of the special training session.

SPECIAL BELMONT STAKES DAY BOX SEAT PACKAGE – Churchill Downs has a special box seat package for the June 6 Belmont Stakes simulcast. For $24, fans can get an undercover box seat, official program, a domestic beer or souvenir soda and a custom, limited-edition Kentucky Derby 141 T-Shirt that features a victorious American Pharaoh. Fans can purchase the package by visiting the online box office

DEPARTING ON TRACK FOR SATURDAY’S OPENING VERSE – Claiborne Farms and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing is on track for Saturday’s $65,000 Opening Verse overnight stakes, which will be the son of War Front’s first start on turf and his first start since a seventh-place effort in last year’s Clark Handicap.

“His last work over the turf was good so we’re still going,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said.

The 5-year-old gelding put in two solid works over the Matt Winn Turf Course, breezing five-eighths of a mile in 1:01.80 and 1:01.60, respectively on May 14 and May 21. Jockey Robby Albarado has the mount.

Other probable contenders for 1 1/16-mile event on the Matt Winn Turf Course (with trainer) include Chocolate Ride (Brad Cox), Frac Daddy (Kenny McPeek) and Hip Four Sixtynine (Shane Wilson).

GENTLEMEN’S BET MAY TRY ARISTIDES – Saturday’s $100,000 Aristides Stakes (GIII) added another possible starter to its list with Harry T. Rosenblum’s Gentlemen’s Bet, who ran fourth in the Churchill Downs (GII) last time out. Trainer Ron Moquett said he is 50-50 between the Aristides and the June 5 True North (GII) at Belmont Park. Other potential contenders for the six-furlong sprint (with trainer) include Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (GIII) winner Alsvid (Chris Hartman); Churchill Downs Stakes (GII) runner-up Nates Mineshaft (Anne Smith); 2012 Arlington-Washington Futurity (GIII) winner Pataky Kid (Stephen Dunn); second-level allowance winner Viva Majorca (Ian Wilkes) and reigning Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) winner and American Champion Sprinter Work All Week (Roger Bruggemann).

LEPAROUX WINS FOUR ON SUNDAY – Jockey Julien Leparoux had a big day Sunday, winning four races on Churchill Downs’ 10-race card. The native of Senlis, France scored victories aboard Political Justice ($8.20), Venus de Milo ($5.40), Dreaming of Gold ($4) and Kathballu ($13.80). Leparoux now has 20 wins on the meet, trailing Corey Lanerie who has 21.

“It feels great when you win races,” Leparoux said. “I knew coming in we had a good chance. Everything went smooth yesterday. All of my horses ran really big. There’s still a long way and I have to travel quite a bit in June. What really matters is that I have had a good meet so far.”

Leparoux is named on nine mounts on Churchill’s Memorial Day card, including Ashbrook Farms’ Southern Honey, the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the featured event, the $100,000 Winning Colors (GIII).

Baseball Cards Get Home Field for NCAA Tourney Monday, May 25 2015 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball team was chosen as the No. 3 national seed for the 2015 NCAA Championship and will serve as the top seed for the Regional. The Cardinals will be joined on May 29-June 1 at Jim Patterson Stadium by No. 2 regional seed Bradley (35-19), No. 3 Michigan (37-23) and No. 4 Morehead State (38-20).

Selected as a national seed for the second time in school history (No. 7 national seed in 2010), (43-16) will host No. 4 Morehead State on Friday at 6 p.m., ET, while the Regional will open with No. 2 Bradley against No. 3 Michigan on Friday at 2 p.m. Every game of the Regional will be televised live through ESPN3 at

The winner of Friday’s first round games will play on Saturday at 4 p.m., while the two losing teams will play an elimination game on Saturday at noon. The winner of Saturday’s elimination game will play the losing team from Saturday night’s winner’s bracket game in an elimination game on Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to play the winner of Saturday night’s winner’s bracket game on Sunday at 4 p.m. If needed, the two teams from Sunday’s second game will return for the final game of the Regional on Monday at 6 p.m.

All-session tickets for the 2015 NCAA Regional in are now available online here or can be purchased by phone (502-GO-CARDS) through the Cardinals Ticket Office starting Tuesday at 9 a.m., ET. All-session tickets for the four-team, double-elimination regional are $70 for reserved chairback seats and $45 for college students.

Fans are encouraged to purchase and pick up tickets in advance or print their tickets at home to avoid long will call lines on game day. Tickets can be picked up at the Cardinals Ticket Office, located at Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. No tickets will be mailed. Single session tickets, including reserved chairback and general admission berm seating, will go on sale Thursday, May 28 at 9 a.m., ET online at or at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Ticket Office. Tickets will also be available at Jim Patterson Stadium starting on Friday, May 29 at noon ET.

Along with the 2015 NCAA Regional, also hosted the regional round of the NCAA Championship in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 while also hosting NCAA Super Regional series in 2007 and 2014. Overall, this will mark the Cardinals’ eighth NCAA postseason berth in the last nine seasons and the program’s ninth NCAA appearance overall.

In its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, dominated the Atlantic Division in record-setting fashion with a 25-5 mark. For the Cardinals, it was their fourth straight regular season conference championship, including each of the last three in different leagues.

has already earned its fourth straight 40-win season and the eighth in nine years under the direction of McDonnell. The Cardinals have finished with 40 or more regular season wins in three straight seasons and five times in the last seven seasons overall.

The Cardinals were 25-6 at home this season and own a 273-88 record (.756 winning percentage) all-time at the ballpark, which opened in April 2005. has won eight straight NCAA postseason games at Jim Patterson Stadium and is 15-4 all-time in regional and super regional games at the ballpark.

Fans can follow baseball on Twitter (@UofLBaseball) at and on Facebook at

NCAA Baseball Regional Schedule
Friday, May 29 | (ESPN3)
Game 1: No. 2 Bradley vs. No. 3 Michigan – 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 vs. No. 4 Morehead State – 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 30 | (ESPN3)
Game 3: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser – Noon
Game 4: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 31 | (ESPN3)
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser – Noon
Game 6: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner – 4 p.m.

Monday, June 1 | (ESPN3) – If necessary
Game 7: Game 6 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner – 6 p.m.

All times are Eastern Daylight Savings

2015 NCAA Regional – , Ky. – Ticket Information
All-Session Tickets
• Order online now, purchase here
• Available in-person or by phone starting Tuesday 9 a.m. ET
• Reserved Chairback: $70
• College Student: $45

Single-Session Tickets
• On sale starting Thursday 9 a.m. ET
• Available online at or in-person (no phone orders)
• Reserved Chairback: $15
• Berm/General Admission: $10
• College Student: $5

Baseball NCAA Postseason Hosting History
• 2014 NCAA Super Regional – Super Regional champion (2-0)
• 2014 NCAA Regional – Regional champion (3-0)
• 2013 NCAA Regional – Regional champion (3-0)
• 2010 NCAA Regional – Regional runner-up (2-2)
• 2009 NCAA Regional – Regional champion (3-1)
• 2007 NCAA Super Regional – Super Regional champion (2-1)

It’s Memorial Day So It Must Be Hike & Bike Time Wednesday, May 20 2015 


NOTE: I almost never miss the Memorial Day/Labor Day Hike and Bike Events. It’s hard to believe the event that started with Jerry Abramson and not-so-many bikers has turned into a holiday staple with thousands of riders. I’ve done it with each of my three sons and a few other friends. This time we’re going to Iroquois Park and back from Waterfront Park, my favorite route. I hope to see you there.

Booths, activities begin at 8:30 a.m./cycling, paddling, walking at 10 a.m.

LOUISVILLE – Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be in motion Memorial Day at the21st Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle May 25 at Waterfront Park.

 “This has become a true signature event for Louisville – a demonstration of how much our residents love being outdoors and participating in family-oriented healthy exercise and recreation,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.

 SUBWAY Restaurants is the title sponsor of Hike, Bike & Paddle, with presenting sponsors, Coca-Cola, Norton Healthcare and Neil Huffman Automotive Group.

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“SUBWAY Restaurants are proud to once again sponsor the SUBWAY Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle events. This is our ninth year as the title sponsor.  The events give people an opportunity to be outside in the fresh air and lead healthy, active lifestyles,” said Kevin Patel, local board chairman for Kentuckiana Subway Restaurants.

 “Coca-Cola is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle activity on Memorial Day,” said Roy Potts, director, Public Affairs & Communications for the Coca-Cola Company. “We recognize the uniqueness of consumers’ lifestyles and dietary choices. All of our products can be part of an active, healthy lifestyle that includes a sensible, balanced diet, proper hydration and regular, physical exercise.”

 “Norton Healthcare is pleased to once again support the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle event,” said Allison Ledford, director of Employee Wellness at Norton Healthcare. “We are a leader in promoting healthy habits, lifestyles and choices among our 12,000 employees. This event gives us a chance to help spread that same message across the entire city. Health care is about more than treating those who are ill. It’s also about taking action to promote wellness throughout the community we serve. The Hike, Bike & Paddle event is a fun way to do just that.”

 “Neil Huffman Automotive Group is proud to be a four year sponsor of the Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle event for Memorial weekend,” said Dow Huffman, Managing Partner.

 Paddlers will have a very unique experience with this year’s course. Paddlers will enter from the Harbor Lawn in Waterfront Park and paddle upstream to Towhead Island. The Ohio River will be closed to traffic giving paddlers the ability to cross the river to Southern Indiana. They will continue downstream to the 2nd Street Bridge and paddle back across the Ohio River to the side, ending at the Harbor Lawn.

 Paddling participants will launch their canoes or kayaks at the river ramp located at the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park. Paddlers can drop their boats off at the “Green” parking lot near River Road and Witherspoon Street. from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

 For cyclists, a 15-mile route will roll through Old , down Southern Parkway and into Iroquois Park, one of ’s signature Olmsted-designed Metro Parks. Turnoffs will provide options for cycling routes as short as two miles.

 The hiking route, which is wheelchair-accessible, will allow walkers to explore downtown along Third St. before turning at York St. in front of the main branch of the Free Public Library. Walkers may bring dogs to participate in the hike, as long as the animal is on a leash and owners pick up waste during the walk as required by law.

 Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signage and will have plenty of water stops to refill water bottles. The Bicycle Club is providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road. “Bike doctors” will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist cyclists with any equipment problems.   Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections and the Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route.

 More than 49 vendors and information booths will open at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park.  There will also be free tours on the river in the large “Voyager Canoe.” Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, Nia and Pickleball demonstrations will be offered along with group participation.

 3,000 free T-shirts will be available for those arriving early and completing a brief survey. The Brain Injury Association will distribute 500 helmets to riders who don’t have one. Participants are encouraged to be “green” and bring their own water bottles which they will be able to fill in Waterfront and Iroquois Parks as part of Water’s Pure Tap To Go.

 Flags 4 Vets will be setting up 15,000 flags at Waterfront Park on Saturday of that weekend and they will still be in place during the HB&P event.  There will be a special Memorial Day tribute, with Mayor Fischer and Fred Moore of Flags 4 Vets program, which will take place before the Cyclists, paddlers and walkers leave Waterfront Park. 

This is the eleventh year for the Hike, Bike & Paddle events, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. For more information, go to

Cards Get It Done in the Classroom, Too Wednesday, May 20 2015 


Men’s Basketball Among Four UofL Teams with Perfect APR Scores

Cards’ have a perfect APR score in the four-year period while winning 121 games

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four University of Louisville athletic teams are among the nation’s leaders within their sport in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.

UofL’s men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s golf and softball teams are among the top 10 percent in their respective sports in the latest APR, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. All four sports programs have a perfect 1000 score for the most recent four-year period from 2010-14

“Every coach strives for not only excellence on the court, but for excellence in academics,” said UofL Head Coach Rick Pitino. “The work that our academic staff does with our players is first class and our players are committed.  (UofL Director of Academic Services) Anthony Wright and our student-athletes have done a great job in making us all very proud of their accomplishments.”

Over the four-year period of this multiyear APR report, ’s academic success has come while winning a combined 121 games — the second-most in the nation in that stretch — and the Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Championship and reached the 2012 Final Four.

While the University of men’s basketball team has performed well on the court, the Cardinals have excelled in the classroom as well. The Cardinals earned a collective 3.26 grade point average for the 2014-15 academic year and the team has produced around a 3.0 or better GPA for 14 consecutive semesters.  placed a league-high seven individuals on the 21-member 2015 ACC All-Academic Team.   Senior forward Wayne Blackshear was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America second team selection, the Cardinals’ second such selection in the last three years (also Peyton Siva, 2013).

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino

Notable academic achievement has become a regular occurrence for the Cardinals.  also received an NCAA Public Recognition Award each of the last two years for ranking among the top 10 percent in men’s basketball in the APR.  UofL’s men’s basketball team earned its league’s last four Team Academic Excellence Awards, which recognizes the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference’s sports (2014 American Athletic Conference, 2011-13 Big East).

’s three additional perfect APR teams have excelled academically as well.  UofL’s women’s golf team, which capped the year at its second-consecutive NCAA Regional, produced a collective 3.72 grade-point average this year.  Between the two semesters, the Cardinals accounted for 16 Dean’s List honors, and Haley Andreas, Emily Haas, and Sara Karlsson each earned their bachelor’s degrees in the spring of 2015 while Katie Petrino graduated in 2014.  It is the fifth straight year that the women’s golf team has produced a perfect 1000 APR score to rank among the nation’s top programs.

The Cardinals’ softball team posted a program-best combined 3.382 GPA during the 2014-15 academic year, including a record 3.425 GPA for the 2015 spring semester as 20 student-athletes earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll status. All six seniors from the final year of the APR report in 2014 team have graduated.

Four members of ’s men’s cross country team earned spots on the 2014 All-ACC Academic Cross Country team.  Runners Edwin Kibichiy and Ernest Kibet both received U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors on Wednesday and both were USTFCCCA All-America selections.

Multiyear APRs and the most-recent single-year figures from 2013-14 for all Division I sports teams will be released on May 27.

PGA’s Best Seniors Compete at French Lick This Weekend Wednesday, May 20 2015 

Defending Champ Colin Montgomerie at French Lick. Photo: PGA of America

The Senior PGA Championship starts Thursday on the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Here are the day’s notes from the PGA of America.


The 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid begins Thursday with a field featuring 17 major champions and seven World Golf Hall of Fame members.


“It’s a beautiful golf course. Probably never seeing anything like it. It’s almost like Whistling Straits on steroids. It’s just beautiful. It’s right in front of you. I don’t think I ever played anything like it, but it’s beautiful and it’s quite a walk. I thought we were going to have buggies like they have on the Champions Tour.” – Jesper Parnevik


“I’ve made so many visits here, I lost count,” said the 89-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer. “The nice thing is that I was allowed to make changes when I saw they had to be made. We moved around a lot of earth here, but I think it all worked out pretty good.”

Defending Champ Colin Montgomerie at French Lick. Photo: PGA of America

Defending Champ Colin Montgomerie at French Lick. Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America


Defending Champion Colin Montgomerie believes that he has a skillset to be competitive on The Pete Dye Course. “My strength is driving the ball, and I’ve put the ball in the fairway during practice. That’s a must around here. A must. You will not find people missing fairways winning here. It’s a complete and utter must to hit the fairways.”


Sir Nick Faldo, who serves both CBS and Golf Channel as a golf analyst, is making his first and only appearance in the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Faldo announced earlier this year that this will be his last season in competitive golf.

Faldo on Pete Dye, designer of The Pete Dye Course: “Golf is not a fair game, so why should the golf course be fair?” So I said, thanks, Pete. Christmas here. I just crossed you off my Christmas card list.”

RENCH LICK, IN - MAY 20: Sir Nick Faldo of England answers questions at a press conference during the practice rounds for the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid held at French Lick Springs Resort on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in French Lick, Indiana. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

RENCH LICK, IN – MAY 20: Sir Nick Faldo of England answers questions at a press conference during the practice rounds for the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid held at French Lick Springs Resort on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in French Lick, Indiana. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Faldo on transitioning from a TV booth to competitive golf”: “[It’s] damn difficult. If not impossible,” said Faldo. “I can relate more with the average golfer only that only plays four or five times a week. Then I sit on my butt for six hours now and so I noticed about three or four years ago my clubhead speed, I had lost five miles an hour with my driver. So I thought that was a little embarrassing. So I’ve been trying to do something about that, get it back.”


Last November, in a matter 10 days, PGA Club Professional Frank Esposito Jr. went from a Champions Tour hopeful to a card-carrying Tour member. He won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and three days later was medalist at the Champions Tour Qualifying School. He finished 27-under-par for those two events. “It feels like the way I’ve been playing this year like such a long time ago,” said Esposito. “But it was a magical two weeks for me. It was actually life changing.”


Eighteen of the 41 PGA Club Professionals competing in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid competed on The Pete Dye Course in the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship. Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Georgia, was runner-up in 2010, and is returning this week.

Experience KitchenAid on the Golf Course

KitchenAid is out in full force this week with many opportunities for fans to interact with its innovative products. Here’s a snapshot of visual opportunities for you to capture on the golf course:

• KitchenAid Experience – situated at the highest point on the golf course, in a building that can’t be missed, stands the KitchenAid Experience. Come by to witness an entirely new collection of major appliances; a reimagined kitchen professionally inspired and designed for creative cooks.

• Stand Mixer Stadium – as you enter the Championship, you are met with a dramatic 17-foot tall structure featuring more than 54 colorful stand mixers with a selection of attachments – an excellent visual for still and broadcast imagery

• Stand Mixer Pedestals – watch fans engage with a dozen colorful stand mixers lining the entrance walkway

• Introducing Swash – a clothing care system that dewrinkles, refreshes, restores and preserves clothes in just 10 minutes – stop by the Championship entrance to take a look at one of Whirlpool Corporation’s latest inventions.

American Pharoah Returns to Louisville’s Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 19 2015 

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Louisville, Ky., – With his date with racing history in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (Grade I) on the near horizon, Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness (GI) winner American Pharoah returned to Churchill Downs on Monday to prepare for the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

The Bob Baffert-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile stepped off a van around 2:30 p.m. (all times EDT) at the track that has been his training center since his arrival for the Kentucky Derby on April 27.  American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2 and moved a step closer to racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978 with his seven-length romp in the Preakness at rain-soaked Pimlico on Saturday.

The colt boarded a plane in Baltimore in late morning for the flight to , which touched down around 2 p.m. Assistant trainer Jim Barnes led American Pharoah to the barn following a short van ride from International Airport.

Assistant trainer Jim Barnes led American Pharoah off the van on his return to Churchill Downs (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs)

Assistant trainer Jim Barnes led American Pharoah off the van on his return to Churchill Downs (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs)

“Everything went very well,” Barnes said. “He’s a very good shipper.  We had a day to rest in Baltimore, which always helps.  Usually we have to get out of there real early the next morning, so we were able to give him a regular day off there.

“He came in here with very high energy, so everything looks good.”

Back in familiar surroundings at Churchill Downs, American Pharoah’s activity will be limited to the barn for the next few days.

“The next five days will be very light,” Barnes said.  “He’ll probably walk another three to four days, and then he’ll probably have a couple of jog days.  Basically right now it’s just getting a little weight on him and getting him happy.  He looked fine today getting off the van here.”

American Pharoah did not work between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but that will not be the case in the nearly three weeks leading up to the Preakness.  Barnes said the colt would work once or twice before the mile and a half “Test of the Champion,” but the schedule would be determined by Baffert.

Owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat’s colt will be fourth Baffert trainee to attempt a rare Triple Crown sweep.  Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002) each won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, but could not win the Belmont – although Silver Charm and Real Quiet were runners-up in their respective runnings.

American Pharoah took a bath soon after his return to Churchill Downs (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs

American Pharoah took a bath soon after his return to Churchill Downs (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs

“It is exciting.  It’s not our first time at it.  You have to just prepare yourself for anything, because it’s a tough one to win.  The first one (the Kentucky Derby) is very tough.  We’ve had a lot of success in the Preakness, and I don’t know why that is.  The Derby winners and the horses that run well (for us) in the Derby ship-up to Baltimore and really run well there.

“The next one’s the tough one.  It’s a mile and a half and a big sandy track, and you have the new shooters coming.  But whatever happens, happens.  We’d love to win it, but if it doesn’t happen we’re good losers.  But we would like to make history.”

ACC Champ Baseball Cards Enter Postseason Play at Durham Sunday, May 17 2015 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The pairings and game times have been set for the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship with top-seeded Louisville opening pool play on Wednesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

Listen to the Rusty Satellite Interview with Coach Dan McDonnell here. 

The Cardinals (42-14, 25-5 ACC), who set an ACC record for conference wins in a single season while winning all 10 series this season, earned the No. 1 overall seed and will head up Pool A. will be joined by fourth-seeded Florida State (37-19, 17-13) and fifth-seeded Clemson (31-25, 16-13), while No. 8 North Carolina (32-22, 13-16) and No. 9 Virginia Tech (27-26, 13-16) will play Tuesday to join the pool.

will begin its week on Wednesday at 7 p.m., ET against the winner of Tuesday afternoon’s North Carolina-Virginia Tech play-in game. The Cardinals will continue pool play on Thursday at 3 p.m., against Clemson. Following an off day from championship play on Friday, will conclude its Pool A schedule on Saturday at 11 a.m., against Florida State. All of the Cardinals’ 2015 postseason games will be aired on 93.9 The Ville.

Under the pool-play format, each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its pool Wednesday through Saturday (May 20-23). The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday, May 24, with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Fans can still purchase tickets to next week’s championship. Complete books to all 15 games are available, as well as individual game tickets that can be purchased by calling 919-956-BULL or by clicking here.

All 15 games of this year’s ACC Baseball Championship will be televised for the ninth straight year. Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday’s championship game will televised nationally by ESPN2 at 1 p.m. All games will also be available on ESPN3 or WatchESPN. In addition, all 15 games will be broadcast via satellite radio on Sirius 218/XM 193.

The inaugural ACC Baseball Championship FanFest presented by Quintiles will be held just outside Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Friday, May 22, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m., to 7 p.m. The free event, held on Blackwell Street, will serve as the official pregame destination for fans and will feature attractions from the ACC Corporate Champions, live entertainment, free face painting, official championship merchandise, food trucks, and fun for the entire family.

Fans can follow baseball on Twitter (@UofLBaseball) at and on Facebook at

2015 ACC Baseball Championship Schedule
May 19-24 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
Tuesday, May 19
#7 Virginia vs. #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#8 North Carolina vs. #9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)

Wednesday, May 20
#4 Florida State vs. #5 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#1 vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Thursday, May 21
#3 Notre Dame vs. #6 NC State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#5 Clemson vs. #1 , 3 p.m. (RSN)
#4 Florida State vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Friday, May 22
#3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#5 Clemson vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #6 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Saturday, May 23
#1 vs. #4 Florida State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #3 Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#6 NC State vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Sunday, May 24
ACC Championship, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

THE WEEK: Riding On with the GOP Squabble, the Kingdom’s Reign, Wicked Operator and a Tremendous Headline Friday, May 15 2015 


It’s been a pretty good week, so I’m writing this update while biking to work. OK, while wishing I was biking somewhere other than work. We’ve got some media moves, dirty politics and fun events this week. The highlights:

Ziegler Returns: If anyone missed him, controversial talk show host John Ziegler is back on local airwaves. Though its only once a week. The dude is, well, entertaining. WHAS is also bringing back Mandy Connell, so we’ll see how that goes. (LEO Weekly)

But Lach, and SportsTalk, is Gone: Lachlan McLean and SportsTalk 84 on WHAS is in the history books. Lach got a nice media send-off, and WAVE-3 did a piece with Lach and predecessors Van Vance and Tony Cruise.

Thrill is On: Ed Hart has everything going according to plan at Kentucky Kingdom, as he told an audience at Business First’s What’s Brewing Breakfast this week. There’s a bunch of new rides, and Hart is now marketing to Nashville and Indy.  Is he really smarter than the rest of us? (

RS97AlliTruttmanWicked Woman, Wicked Sheets: If you don’t know about the entrepreneurial adventure that is ’s own Wicked Sheets, tune in to this week’s Rusty Satellite Show.

But Can He Sing?  Wednesday night, I went to Great American Ballpark in Cincy and saw Raisel Iglesias nearly no-hit the Braves.  The rookie, just recalled from the Bats, threw his gem before a sparse crowd of about 17,000, which is how we got seats on the 3rd row. Hint: StubHub. Former Bats Todd Frazier (HR), Billy Hamilton (Triple) and Zack Cozart (Double) led the Reds offense.

7 Years, $52 Million. That’s the amount in UK coach John Calipari’s contract extension. And he didn’t even win the Tournament. He’ll be the highest paid coach in the country when he gets to $8 million a year. (USA Today)

The Gloves Come Off: With less than a week before their primary (which will likely draw less than 10 percent of Kentucky Republicans to the polls), Hal Heiner, James Comer and Matt Bevin are pointing fingers at each other. Dirty politics? Yes. Did Comer sexually abuse his college girlfriend? Whether he did or not, will it cost him the election? Here’s Heiner’s latest volley.

Swingers at French Lick – I just love saying French Lick, sort of like going to Big Bone Lick in Kentucky. The best senior golfers in the PGA are at French Lick this weekend, including Kentucky’s Russ Cochran, my favorite lefty.

You Can Get Arrested for This: It looks like Tom Mabe nearly pranked himself into jail, impersonating a copy at Mid-City Mall and at 28th and Broadway. But it was funny.

8. Memphis. 9. . 10. Houston: Time Magazine reports ’s music scene is among its Top Ten. Nashville, of course, is first. I’m not sure how we got ahead of Chicago (Time)

Ramsey Lessons: This week, Dr. James Ramsey learned that the media will definitely report details of multi-million dollar compensation packages you designate for yourself and your staff, that your Trustees will question your integrity, and throwing a public fit will only make it worse. (Insider ).

So, It’s OK to Deal Drugs in the Frat House: A judge ruled that cops can’t walk in a frat house unannounced and start arresting people, even if the door is unlocked. (C-J)

Thanks this week for all the assistance on the site to Jackie Bentley for posting our news items. Catch all the week’s news at

And Finally, One of the Best Headlines of All Time, From the C-J: Huge Increase in Louisvillians Getting Drunk.

Go tie one on this weekend!





Louisville Bats Make Special Plans To Honor Veterans on Memorial Day Thursday, May 14 2015 

Military Appreciation Day


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats and Humana are partnering to bring a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Slugger Field beginning on Memorial Day, May 25. The Bats will also make a POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedication before their Memorial Day game with the ceremony scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. before a 4:05 p.m. first pitch against the Toledo Mud Hens.

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The mobile display, titled “Bringing Home the Wall” and created by Tom and Dee Twigg, honors the 58,000-plus men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War and provides an opportunity to veterans, family members and citizens who are unable to visit the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. to pay their respects. The 46-by-8-foot model will be located in Slugger Field’s Hall of Fame Pavilion and be open for viewing from 3-7 p.m. on Monday, May 25 and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27.

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The Chair of Honor program was created to bring awareness to the ongoing Prisoners of War/Missing in Action situation. Since World War I, over 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. When installed at public facilities, the Chair of Honor, which will remain unoccupied, serves as a reminder of the POW/MIA issues we face. The POW/MIA Chair of Honor will be permanently located at the top of Section 130 of Slugger Field.

The Bats’ Memorial Day game will also serve as the team’s Military Appreciation Day. To honor those who have served our country throughout the years, all veterans, active military, military family members, reservists and national guardsmen will receive free field reserved tickets with valid I.D., VSO membership card or DD Form 214. The 113th Army Band from Ft. Knox will also be performing before the game.

The Bats have averaged 8,912 fans per game at Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.4 million fans through 15 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2015 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

Cards Get Sparty on the Road in ACC/Big Ten Challenge Thursday, May 14 2015 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will play at Michigan Statein the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 2 in East Lansing, Mich.

It is a rematch of the NCAA East Regional championship game in Syracuse, N.Y. as the Spartans won 76-70 in overtime to advance to the Final Four.  Wayne Blackshear scored 28 points to lead the Cardinals, who had recovered from a six-point deficit in the closing four minutes to force the overtime. Travis Trice led Michigan State with 17 points.

The 14-game slate of inter-conference matchups to be played over a three-day period was announced on Wednesday, with the games to be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. All 14 games will also be available via WatchESPN. Times and television will be announced in August.

has a 5-4 all-time series advantage with the two teams meeting in NCAA regional competition on four occasions. The Cardinals prevailed over the Michigan State on their path to the Final Four in 1959 and 2012, and fell to the Spartans as they reached the Final Four in 2009 and 2015. beat three Big Ten foes last season in Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio State.

advanced to its 14th NCAA Elite Eight in 2015 and its third in the last four years. and Michigan State are the only two schools in the nation to reach the last four NCAA Sweet 16s. The Cardinals (27-9 in 2014-15) are one of four Division I schools in the nation that have won 20 or more games in each of the past 13 seasons. has won 123 games over the past four seasons, the second-most in the nation during that stretch.

Nine programs from the two leagues are ranked in an early preseason top 25 poll, including four of the top seven: No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Maryland, No. 5 Virginia, No. 7 Duke, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 13 Notre Dame, No. 14 Indiana, No. 21 and No. 25 Wisconsin. Three of the Challenge games will include matchups of teams in the early rankings: No. 4 Maryland at No. 2 North Carolina, No. 14 Indiana at No. 7 Duke, and No. 21 at No. 12 Michigan State.

Thirteen teams from the two leagues played in the 2015 NCAA Championship including Duke, , NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia from the ACC; and Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.

The Big Ten captured the Commissioner’s Cup last season, winning eight of the 14 matchups. The two conferences split the previous two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011). In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year.

2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Mon, Nov 30
Clemson at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Rutgers

Tue, Dec 1
Maryland at North Carolina
Virginia at Ohio State
Michigan at NC State
Purdue at Pittsburgh
Northwestern at Virginia Tech
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska

Wed, Dec 2
Indiana at Duke
at Michigan State
Notre Dame at Illinois
Wisconsin at Syracuse
Florida State at Iowa

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