Coming Up Belmont Cup

Horse racing has always been an exciting sport to watch!  This weekend is the Belmont Race, last race of the season.

As most know, American Pharoah is the heavy favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become the first horse in 37 years to secure the Triple Crown, with 3-5 odds. The opening lines were released on Wednesday morning, along with post positions.

The leading challengers behind American Pharoah are Frosted, the fourth-place finisher at the Kentucky Derby, who received 5-1 odds on Wednesday, and Materiality, the sixth-place finisher at the Kentucky Derby, who has 6-1 odds. Neither of the top two challengers participated in the Preakness.

The field will feature only eight horses, the smallest field since 2007, after a pair were pulled from the event earlier this week.

Wednesday evening at the drawing, American Pharoah received the 5 post, which is at the middle of the field. At the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah started far on the outside with the 17 post and won the Preakness from the inside with the 1 post.

Here is the line up for this weekends race!

1)  Mubtaahij                                        10-1

2) Tale of Verve                                   15-1

3) Made from Lucky                          12-1

4)  Frammento                                    30-1

5)  American Pharoah                       3-5

6)  Frosted                                             5-1

7)  Keen Ice                                           20-1

8)  Materiality                                      6-1

Reds drop Game 1 in Philadelphia Series, 5-4.

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The struggles continue for the Cincinnati Reds who lost 5-4 last night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Darin Ruf singled to right field bringing Odubel Herrea home in the walk-off victory. The win snapped a seven game losing streak for the Phillies, the longest streak since July 20th-28th 2013 when they lost eight straight. For the Reds, Johnny Cueto pitched for the first time since May 19th with a sore elbow. He allowed five hits, two runs, and struck out four batters in his six innings at the plate. Game 2 in the series is tonight at 7:05pm.

Reds on the road tonight against Philadelphia

Johnny Cueto will get the start tonight as the Cincinnati Reds begin a three game series at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia against the Phillies. Sean O’Sullivan will get the start for the Phillies tonight. The game is set to get underway at 7:05pm. The Reds come in tonight’s game with a 22-27 record, while Philadelphia is 19-33.

Lawrence County Eliminated From State Tournament By Greenup County

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The Lawrence County Bulldogs were eliminated yesterday in the 2015 Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament by Greenup County. The 16th Region Champion Muskateers won 5-2 yesterday at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. They will face Collins tomorrow at 8:30pm while the season is over for the 15th Region Champion Lawrence County Bulldogs. Collins defeated Madison Central 5-4 to advance to the next round against Greenup County. The only other game played yesterday saw North Bullit defeat Hopkinsville 6-4. They will face the winner of today’s McCracken County/Highlands match-up. Lawrence County end their season with a record of 23-16.

Lawrence County Take On Greenup County Today in State Tournament 1st Round

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The 15th Regional Baseball Champion Lawrence County Bulldogs will look to keep their season going as they head into the State Tournament against 16th Region Champion Greenup County in today’s first round match-up. The Bulldogs won the 15th Region Championship by defeating former district rival Johnson Central, 6-3, last Wednesday. The Bulldogs have won four championships since joining the 15th Region back in 2006. They won back to back titles in 2008 and 2009, as well as winning in 2011. Today, they will look to march towards the State Championship in the KHSAA/Rawlings Baseball State Tournament. The Bulldogs will face Greenup County in the first round match-up, today at 1:30pm at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. If victorious, they’ll face the winner of the Madison Central/Collins match-up on Wednesday night.

Louisville Baseball Win NCAA Regional After Defeating Michigan

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The Louisville Cardinals baseball team will host a second consecutive NCAA Super Regional after winning their 11th straight NCAA post season home game. In the Louisville’s highest scoring performance in an NCAA postseason game since 2007, the #3 national seed Cards clinched a third straight NCAA Regional Championship by defeating Michigan 13-4 yesterday at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville. They will now face #13 Cal State Fullerton in a best of three NCAA Super Regional starting Friday or Saturday in Louisville. The dates and times will be announced tonight.

Cincinnati Sweep Washington Series After 8-2 Victory

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The Cincinnati Reds completed a three game series sweep of over the Washington Nationals after winning 8-2 yesterday at the Great American Ballpark. It’s the second time this season the Reds have swept an opponent. 10 players went to the plate for the Reds at the bottom of the 7th inning, with six runs being scored. J.J. Hoover picked up his 2nd win in two days after inheriting a bases loaded jam from starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen. The Reds will have today off before playing the Philadelphia Phillies on the road tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. Game time is set for 7:05pm tomorrow night.

Jimmie Johnson Wins at Dover for the 10th Time

With his 10th victory at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson has joined a very select group. Only four other drivers have won at a single track 10 different times (Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, and Dale Earnhardt). It was Johnson’s series leading fourth victory of the season, and the 74th of his illustrious career. He is eighth on the all-time wins list behind 7th place Dale Earnhardt with 76. Johnson led for 23 laps and won after beating Kevin Harvick on a Lap 383 restart. Harvick received another shot at the win after Kyle Busch crashed on lap 386. Johnson and Harvick were the only two drivers who stayed on the track with old tires. A green-white-checkers came when Greg Biffle, Casey Mears, and AJ Allmendinger produced a 7th and final caution. Johnson then cruised to his fourth win of the season with Harvick finishing second. Kyle Larson finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, and Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 14th, with Danica Patrick 15th.

#1 Louisville baseball to face #4 Michigan Saturday

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Kyle Funkhouser allowed only two earned runs on six hits, striking out six batters in seven innings as the #1 Louisville Cardinals downed fourth seed Morehead State 7-2 yesterday in Game 1 of the NCAA Baseball Louisville Regional Tournament. The Cards face #3 Michigan, Saturday at 4pm. Catch the action on ESPN3.

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Sprint Cup Race at Dover

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin scored his third career pole at Dover International Speedway in yesterday’s qualifying. It was the 21st overall pole of Hamlin’s career. Martin Truex Jr. qualified second, followed by Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. Points leader Kevin Harvick came in sixth, followed by Greg Biffle, last week’s winner Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Kyle Busch. Austin Dillion qualified 12th in the #3 Dow Chevrolet. The qualifying woes from last week continued for Hendrick Motorsports as Jimmie Johnson’s 14th place start was the best for the team. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 16th, while Jeff Gordon qualified 22nd. Kasey Kahne was the last of the Hendrick cars, he will start 25th. See the Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks begins Sunday at 1:00pm on Fox Sports 1.