Louisville basks in run of success ahead of Derby


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Those colorful hats and dresses that add to the ambience of Churchill Downs are prominently being displayed in storefronts. Billboards are touting hot-air balloon races and fireworks for the race. Yes, Louisville is gearing up for the Kentucky Derby.

But rarely, if ever, has the city of Louisville been on this kind of a roll leading up to the annual race. At the center of the excitement are the Louisville Cardinals.

The men's team just brought fans in the basketball-crazed state their second consecutive national championship. Rick Pitino made history by becoming the first coach to win the national championship at two schools — Louisville and Kentucky.

The ride will continue at Churchill Downs, where racing fans will be able to enjoy their mint juleps watching the thoroughbred Pitino co-owns run for the roses.

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