Calipari to deliver "Riders Up!" call at the Derby?

Mrs. Tyler Thompsonover 9 years


Watch out for that hat! The National Championship revelry keep rolling on. In the wake of yesterday's news that John Calipari and his coaching staff will be honorary grand marshals at the Pegasus Parade comes this juicy little rumor, from the Courier-Journal's Rick Bozich:
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will in the paddock for the Derby on May 5. And his assignment will be more than to mingle. Word is that Calipari will deliver the “Riders Up!” command to jockeys for the greatest two minutes in sports.
Delivering the call seems an odd honor to me, but an honor nonetheless (perhaps the horse people among us can fill us in on the significance?). Plus, who better than Cal to prime a group of thoroughbreds for battle?

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