Cal’s new deal, Preakness notes & more

KENTUCKY BASKETBALL

News erupted on Twitter Tuesday that Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari was expected to sign a new deal with UK, which would extend his contract through 2021-22. The contract is worth $54 million over seven years, with a $1.6 million longevity bonus effective July 1.

Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio was the first to break the news:

KSR 1KSR2KSR 3The perennial rumors of Calipari leaving Kentucky for the NBA began at their usual time, immediately following the Wildcats’ exit from the NCAA Tournament. Does the new contract extension put the rumors to rest? Check out Jones’ article below and decide for yourself.

In other news surrounding University of Kentucky Athletics – UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart was named Athletic Director of the Year Tuesday, a well-deserved award for a man who has overcome early adversity and taken UK Athletics to a new level in recent years.

HORSE RACING
May 17, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; An overall view of the track during the sixth race of the day before the 139th Preakness Stakesat Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; An overall view of the track during the sixth race of the day before the 139th Preakness Stakesat Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve ever attended the Preakness, you know it’s a great time eating, drinking and watching races, at a track that is extremely doctored up for one weekend. I have attended Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore on a weekend when other than Preakness weekend, and let’s just say it could use some of work…

Pimlico is owned by The Stronach Group, who has decided it finally time to make an investment to renovate and restore the historic track nicknamed “Ol’ Hilltop.” The Stronach Group toyed with the idea of moving the historic race to Laurel Park, a racetrack they also own located halfway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, but an article Wednesday morning posted by USA Today shut that idea down.

Preakness contenders shipping from Churchill Downs are expected to arrive around 2 p.m. Wednesday and Pimlico will host the post position draw for the 140th Preakness Stakes beginning at approximately 5 p.m.

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