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Now Rick Pitino can focus on horse

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino celebrates after beating

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino celebrates after beating Syracuse in the final of the Big East men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2013. Credit: Getty Images

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Coach Rick Pitino's heavily favored Louisville Cardinals were trailing upstart Wichita State by a point at halftime of their NCAA semifinal April 6 in Atlanta, so he wasn't thinking about a horse race in Southern California.

"[Sportscaster] Jim Gray comes up to me as I'm going to the locker room, and I'm thinking, 'Hey, we're fighting for our lives here,''' Pitino said Wednesday at Churchill Downs.

It slipped Pitino's mind that Goldencents, in whom he owns a 5-percent interest, ran that day in the Santa Anita Derby.

"Jim says, 'Hey, did you hear that your horse won?''' Pitino said. "Then as I'm walking away, he says, 'Did you think you'd get 6-1 on him?'

"Then it hit me,'' Pitino said. "I remembered I had bet on him.''


Rosie outlook

On Sunday, Rosie Napravnik got excellent reviews for her interview on "60 Minutes.''' On Saturday, she'll try to become the first woman to ride a Kentucky Derby winner. Wednesday, she was doing interviews for "E!'' at Churchill's Kentucky Derby museum to promote a bite-size variety of a well-known chocolate brand.

"A little indulgence is good,'' she said.

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