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John Calipari arrives at Kentucky Derby, Rick Pitino picks a winner

May 5, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT


It’s only fitting that the head coaches of the two largest college basketball programs in the state of Kentucky have a part in the Kentucky Derby.

Rick Pitino, who led his Louisville Cardinals to the Final Four this past season, is picking Daddy Nose Best to win Saturday afternoon’s race at Churchill Downs, according to Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Odds for Daddy Nose Best are set at 50-1.

Coverage is taking place all day, leading up to the race on the NBC family of networks. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the NBC Sports Network will bring you pre-race analysis, before switching over to NBC at 4 p.m. to lead you into the race at 5 o’clock.

John Calipari, fresh off his national championship season at Kentucky and one day after visiting with President Obama at the White House, will give the ceremonial “Riders up!” cue at 6:15 p.m.

The odds-on favorite to win Saturday’s race is Bodemeister, with odds set at 4-1. The horse is named after the trainer’s 7-year-old son, Bode, who gets his name from Olympic skier Bode Miller.

The Kentucky Derby will be just Bodemeister’s fifth race. Union Rags and Gemologist are also among popular picks to win on Saturday.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. jthammerstix - May 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Don’t hook up with any crazy chicks tonight Rick.

  2. cranespy - May 6, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Hmmm let’s see if Cal is feted at the Derby once the walls come crashing down on another one of his programs……Bob Knight is 100% correct about this guy….watch and see….somewhere down the road the train will leave the tracks….Cal will run to the NBA….Cat fans will stand amidst the rubble and class acts like A.D. will wonder why they ever got on board.

    • metalarmdad - May 6, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      cranespy…..If you listen to Booby Knight then you are as crazy as he is and Drunk also. Sandy Bell will make sure everything is within NCAA regs. It’s people like you that has you jock strap in your rear and stand the fact that Cal and the Cats are winning so get over it.

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