It’s a loaded sports weekend on the way with the 149th Kentucky Derby and UFC 288 on Saturday night. Horse racing isn’t our usual spotlight sport, but the Derby is too big to ignore. I’ll be making some homemade mint juleps as the ponies go for a ride.
The 149th Run for the Roses
Post Order, Odds & History for the 149th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
Summer’s arrival means racing season is upon us! And it’s not just cars on a track. The Triple Crown opens Saturday with the most iconic horse race in sports. The 149th Kentucky Derby ascends upon Churchill Downs for the fastest two minutes in sports. As always, the Run for the Roses is billed as a gambler’s paradise — not really our thing — but we’ll oblige. Whether you’re putting money on the ponies or simply enjoying the thrill-fest that ensues at the racetrack, here’s what you need to know.
Post Order & Odds
1. Hit Show (30-1)
2. Verifying (15-1)
3. Two Phil’s (12-1)
4. Confidence Game (20-1)
5. Tapit Trice (5-1)
6. Kingsbarns (12-1)
7. Reincarnate (50-1)
8. Mage (15-1)
9. Skinner (20-1)
11. Disarm (30-1)
12. Jace’s Road (50-1)
13. Sun Thunder (50-1)
14. Angel of Empire (8-1)
15. Forte (3-1)
16. Raise Cain (50-1)
17. Derma Sotogake (11-1)
18. Rocket Can (30-1)
19. Lord Miles (30-1)
20. Continuar (50-1)
Editor’s Note: No. 10 Practical Move Scratched From KY Derby
Three horses enter the 149th Run for the Roses head-and-shoulders above the competition. Forte is the consensus favorite at 3-1 with Tapit Trice (5-1) Angel of Empire (8-1) as secondary favorites. Keep in mind: All three horses opened at 5-1 or 6-1 odds.
Secretariat still owns the fastest derby time ever recorded at 1:59.4 seconds. No horse has touched his record in the past half-century. Only four horses since Secretariat (1973) have won the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes & Belmont Stakes).
Triple Crown Winners Since 1973
1977: Seattle Slew
2015: American Pharaoh
The Kentucky Derby has been run on a wet and muddy track each of the past few years, producing slower times and an unfortunate experience for fans and horses alike. Tomorrow’s weather forecast in Louisville calls for 73 degrees with just a 24 percent chance of rain.
Bring out the straw hats and mint juleps. It’s time for the 149th Run for the Roses.
The Klay Game
Klay Thompson (30 Points, Eight 3s) Joins NBA’s Top Playoff Performances in Warriors’ Blowout Against Lakers (127-100)
The champs aren’t going down without a fight. After dropping Game 1 at home, the Warriors fired back to blow out the Lakers in Game 2 by 27. Klay Thompson had the hot hand in Game 2, filling up 30 points on eight 3s (8-for-11) to lead the way with the Lakers keying on Steph Curry (20 points, 12 assists). Golden State crushed L.A. by 18 in the 2nd quarter and 19 in the 3rd quarter before going to cruise control. It was Anthony Davis who had the hot hand in Game 1, but he was held to just 11 points on Thursday. Whoever has the hot hand seems to take over any given night in these playoffs, so we’re looking at the best performances so far in Rounds 1 and 2.
Gm 2: Warriors def. Lakers (127-100) | Series Tied (1-1)
Best 2023 Playoff Performances (Remaining Teams)
Warriors: Stephen Curry — 50 pts (seven 3s) (Rd 1, Gm 7)
Warriors: Klay Thompson — 30 pts (eght 3s) (Rd 2, Gm 2)
Lakers: Anthony Davis — 30 pts, 23 rebs (Rd 2, Gm 1)
Nuggets: Nikola Jokic — 43 pts, 11 rebs, 6 asts (Rd 1, Gm 4)
Nuggets: Jamal Murray — 40 pts (six 3s), 5 asts (Rd 1, Gm 2)
Nuggets: Nikola Jokic — 39 pts, 16 rebs, 5 asts (Rd 2, Gm 2)
Suns: Devin Booker — 45 pts, 6 rebs, 3 asts (Rd 1, Gm 3)
Suns: Devin Booker — 47 pts, 8 rebs, 10 asts (Rd 1, Gm 5)
Suns: Kevin Durant — 31 pts, 11 rebs, 6 asts (Rd 1, Gm 4)
76ers: James Harden — 45 pts (seven 3s) (Rd 2, Gm 1)
Celtics: Jayson Tatum — 39 pts, 11 rebs, 5 asts (Rd 2, Gm 1)
Celtics: Jaylen Brown — 35 pts, 7 rebs, 5 asts (Rd 1, Gm 5)
Heat: Jimmy Butler — 56 pts, 9 rebs (Rd 1, Gm 4)
Heat: Jimmy Butler — 42 pts, 8 rebs (Rd 1, Gm 5)
Knicks: Jalen Brunson — 30 pts, 5 rebs (Rd 2, Gm 2)
5 Eye-Popping Postseason Stats
Jaylen Brown’s 3-Point Shooting: 23-for-43, 3pt (53.5%)
LeBron James’s 3-Point Shooting: 9-for-49, 3pt (18.4%)
Nikola Jokic’s Averages: 27.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 7.8 apg
Jimmy Butler’s Scoring Frenzy: 35.5 ppg (leads all playoffs)
Anthony Davis’s Ups & Downs: 30-Plus Points (3x), 13 Points or Less (3x)
The Biggest Playoff Flameouts
Regular Season Stars to Postseason Problems (By Marissa Kasch)
We all know the story. A team shatters records during the regular season and looks untouchable. Yet, somehow, their regular season prowess can’t translate to the postseason when they need it most.
Just this year, we saw this familiar phenomenon with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins broke the record for most points during the regular season (135). Boston also broke the record for regular season wins with 65, surpassing the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings (62-13-7) and the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning (62-16-4). Neither the Red Wings nor the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in their respective record-setting seasons. In fact, neither team even made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. This season, the Bruins had a chance to change that narrative by finishing the job — but they fell short. Like the Lightning, the Bruins lost in the first round.
2023 NBA & NHL Playoffs
Boston Bruins (No. 1 Overall Seed) — 1st-Round Exit
Milwaukee Bucks (No. 1 Overall Seed) — 1st-Round Exit
So what’s behind some of the biggest flameouts in sports?
Read Full Story (TheSportsletter.com)
Gm 2: Panthers def. Maple Leafs (3-2) | FLA Leads (2-0)
Gm 2: Stars def. Kraken (4-2) | Series Tied (1-1)
The Must-Watch List
It’s derby weekend! Let the mint juleps and flamboyant hats ascend on Churchill Downs. The fastest two minutes in sports is the marquee event on Saturday night, but it’s surrounded by playoffs, baseball, soccer, and a UFC clash for the bantamweight title. Here’s what we’re watching this weekend.
The 149th Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs (Saturday, 6:57 pm, NBC)
Gm 3: Celtics at 76ers (Fri. 7:30 pm, ESPN)
Gm 3: Nuggets at Suns (Fri. 10:00 pm, ESPN)
Gm 3: Knicks at Heat (Sat. 3:30 pm, ABC)
Gm 3: Warriors at Lakers (Sat. 8:30 pm, ABC)
Gm 4: Celtics at 76ers (Sun. 3:30 pm, ESPN)
Gm 4: Nuggets at Suns (Sun. 8:00 pm, TNT)
Gm 2: Devils at Hurricanes (Fri. 8:00 pm, TNT)
Gm 2: Oilers at Golden Knights (Sat. 7:00 pm, TNT)
Gm 3: Hurricanes at Devils (Sun. 3:30 pm, TBS)
Gm 3: Maple Leafs at Panthers (Sun. 6:30 pm, TBS)
Gm 3: Stars at Kraken (Sun. 9:30 pm, TBS)
Copa del Rey Final: Real Madrid vs. Osasuna (Sat. 4:00 pm)
Premier League: Arsenal vs. Newcastle (Sun. 11:30 am)
UFC 288 (Bantamweight Title)
H. Cejudo vs. A. Sterling (Sat. 10:00 pm, PPV)
Wells Fargo Championship @ Quail Hollow (All Weekend)
*All Times ET