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California Chrome won the 14oth Kentucky Derby today and who says dreams don’t come true, especially when “California” is in the picture!! This horse was sired by a $8,000. mare and a $2,500. stallion, so basically a $10,000 investment that paid off in the biggest way on the largest of stages! The owner, Steve Coburn from southern California was celebrating his birthday, the trainer, Art Sherman at age 77, became the oldest trainer of a Derby winner in history, and jockey Victor Espinoza rode this beauty of a race horse to his second win at the Kentucky Derby. What a day! This is the first California bred and trained horse to win the Derby since 1962. Are we finally looking at a Triple Crown winner? Who knows, but sometimes, fairy tales do come true, and they did today at the crown jewel of horse racing! Commanding Curve placed second and Danza (yes, named after the actor, Tony Danza) placed third.
Meanwhile over in Charlotte, NC, the third round of the Wells Fargo Golf tournament saw a day of very low scores, some movers and shakers, and at the end of the day, J B Holmes sits atop the leaderboard at -13. Close on his heels, M. Flores at -12 and then Mickelson at -11. Phil started the day at -2 and shot a sizzling round of 63, with 29 on the back nine being the lowest nine hole score ever at Quail Hollow. K. Kisner is at -10, Jason Bohn and Justin Rose at-9 and M. Kaymer at -8. Rory Mcilroy made one heck of a move himself, shooting a round of 65, starting the day just barely making the cut at +1 and moving into contention now sitting at -6. The shot of the day belonged to Jonathan Byrd (currently at -7) with an extraordinary eagle putt from the bunker. So, tomorrow’s final round should be a great one if today’s play is any indication!
The Braves lost a heartbreaker to the Giants last night, 2-1 and Mike Minor took the loss in his pitching return. Tonight, they are currently at the same score in the 4th with Atlanta trailing 2-1.
In NBA action, the Mavericks outlasted the visiting Spurs in the battle of Texas and evened the series at 3-3. They will return to San Antonio for the seventh and deciding game. In the “shot heard round the NBA”, Damian Lillard sank an unbelievable three point shot off an inbounds pass at the buzzer to lift Portland over the Rockets and send them into the next round (Trailblazers take this series 4-2). The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Pacers today, and this series is now 3-3. Still, who saw this coming??
OK folks, that’s all I got for now. Over and out!