Despite likely having a filly in this year's Kentucky Oaks, former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he's not stepping foot in the state of Kentucky until two of the school's board members are ousted or step down.
Pitino was fired last fall following word of an FBI probe into college basketball corruption and other negative publicity, including a scandal involving paid-for escorts to accompany Louisville recruits.
“Every night I go to bed, I'm bitter at the U.S. attorney's office and at the ‘board of traitors' at Louisville,” Pitino said. “I'm not bitter at the school but at the ‘board of traitors.'”
The two subjects of Pitino's ire are David Grissom and John Schnatter, the owner of Papa John's pizza. Their board terms are both scheduled to run for several more years, so they're probably aren't quitting and in that case, Pitino's not planning to visit Louisville for Oaks and Derby.
Pitino's RAP Racing co-owns the 3-year-old filly Coach Rocks with West Point Thoroughbreds and Roddy Valente. Bred at Calumet Farm and trained by Dale Romans, Coach Rocks has won two of eight starts, including the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks in her last start.
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