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By LARRY VAUGHT
With the last few months that Louisville coach Rick Pitino has had, would it really be that surprising to see a horse he has 5 percent ownership in win Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Rick Pitino became a Hall of Famer and an NCAA champion on the same day. Now he is positioned to become a Kentucky Derby-winning owner if Goldencents wins on Saturday.
“Obviously, we’re rooting for Goldencents, but the Derby is something that you never know” how it will evolve, Pitino told reporters Wednesday. “If we don’t win it, I’d like to see someone like (trainer) Shug McGaughey win it. He’s never won the Derby, he’s a great trainer and a friend of mine. I’d like to see a Goldencents-Orb exacta, that would be awesome. It’s anybody’s ball game. It’s not like basketball, where you can look at a team and say they’ve got a little bit more firepower. You just don’t know in the Derby because you don’t know who’s going to get into racing trouble.”
So what do you think? Will Pitino’s horse win? Do you want Pitino’s horse to win? Or do you have another horse you hope and expect will win the Derby?