When I donâ€™t know a thing about something in sports, I go to my long list of friends who are experts.
For instance: The fight over whether Lasix should be allowed or banned in Kentucky. To find out, I would go to trainer Dale Romans and breeder Tracy Farmer.
Romans favors approving Lasix, insisting that a ban will be the death of Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky. Farmer doesnâ€™t, saying, â€œWe cannot succeed as a sport with drugs.â€
Thanks a lot, guys.
Letâ€™s see how everyone with a vote thinks:
Ban supporters among commissioners on the Racing Commission:
Chairman Bob Beck.
Tracy Farmer, vice chairman.
Franklin Kling Jr.
Dr. Foster Northrop.
Tom Ludt, chairman of the Breedersâ€™ Cup board. He wants other states to join in the ban.
Dr. Jerry Yon, chairman of the Equine Drug Research Council, and Michael Pitino were absent; they were on opposite sides in a previous vote .
Wait just a minute! Wade Houston? Michael Pitino? This is a serious matter about Throughbred racing. How did those two basketball guys get to vote? Of course, they were appointed to the board by a governor. But stillâ€¦
Pitino and Yon , on opposite sides of a previous Lasix vote, were absent.
To tell the truth I donâ€™t know what all the hub-bub is about. Our esteemed General Assembly now has to approve or kill the bill. Now we all know that those Senators and Representatives will get everything straightened out and vote to do the right thing for the sport. Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery made it clear that racing is opposed to the phased-in ban.
Speaking of political appointees: All Kentuckians who are concerned about how politicians spend our money should be thankful that Larry Hayes has been appointed chairman of a new committee that will be in charge of the operation of the KFC Yum! Center.
I know a lot about Larry. He and I were appointed by Jefferson County Judge David Armstrong to serve on a committee that was in charge of the operation of the Jefferson County Armory. He, of course, was chairman and I just voted the way he did.
Seriously, the old Armory was near and dear to me. I saw my first State Tournament there, in 1946 when Bobby Laughlinâ€™s Breckinridge Training team won the championship.
And it was there I was inducted into Uncle Samâ€™s Army. About 100 of us were ordered to take one step forward. When we did, an officer announced, â€œCongratulations, gentlemen. You are now members of the United States Army!â€
UK: You forgot!
In a page of the current UK Alumni Magazine, thereâ€™s a story about Wesley Jackson being named the publisher of The Courier-Journal. It mentions that he was â€œa scholarship student-athlete on the schoolâ€™s football team.â€
Yes, he WAS. And even The C-Jâ€™s story noted that he was booted off the team because of drunken driving.
Bill Curry was the head coach who booted Wes. To me, that was a badge of honor. I didnâ€™t think much of â€œreverendâ€ Curry.
It really hurts me to type these words, but the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star basketball series is deadâ€”until we get another Wah Wah Jones, Wes Unseld, Ralph Beard and Rex Chapman the same year.
It took Wah and Ralph to lead Kentucky to its first victory in the old Butler Fieldhouse in 1945.