Russ leaves Pitino
Rick Pitino’s 3-year-old colt honoring Russ Smith, Louisville’s favorite basketball player was dropped in for a maiden $30,000 claiming race at Santa Anita Thursday.
The $145,000 auction purchase last year finished second and was claimed out of the race for the $30,000. After losing 4 times in maiden special weight company, you have to wonder whether the real Russ Smith may have been able to do better.
Before feeling too sorry for Rick, remember that The University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc. extended his contract through the 2021-22 season, adding five years to his existing agreement and keeping him with the Cardinals for another 10 seasons. The $100,000+ loss is just pocket change in comparison.