THE WEEK – Here’s How We’re Doing Derby Week

Hey, I hope to see you out at the track, I’ll be the one wearing a hat. For you non-locals, welcome to the only place in America that gives school kids the day off for a Horse race, where getting any business done Derby Week is a near-impossibility, and you’re expected to have an answer to the question — “Who do you like in the Derby?”

itsaknockout get a workout. Bill Brymer photo
itsaknockout get a workout. Bill Brymer photo

I’m going with itsaknockout, the Starlight Racing entry you can hear about on this week’s Rusty Satellite Show with Jack Wolf. There’s a great piece at Horse-win-derby-since-1914/” target=”_blank”>Insider Louisville about the Horse‘s connections. And, win or lose, you can meet Jack and Laurie Wolf May 11 at the Breakfast of Champions.

Here’s the official post position list.

Now, let’s see how the city is doing outside of Churchill Downs. . .

No More Wrinkle Room. . . Famous for its, let’s call it, crusty clientele,  and a showplace for local music, it was announced this week that Jim Porter’s is closing. MSD bought the popular corner for $5 million and will use it for a storage basin. Business First reported that owner Ben Rogers is seeking a new location, and that the current spot will remain open until MSD

Jim Porter's on Lexington Road will close here, but may reopen at a new spot
Jim Porter’s on Lexington Road will close here, but may reopen at a new spot

construction begins.

Jones Walks. . . Former U of L hoops star Chris Jones was NOT indicted this week by a grand jury on charges of rape and sodomy. The controversial decision, and the actions of Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine, was roundly criticized by the alleged victims’ family and attorneys, but high-profile lawyer Scott Cox said all along there would be no indictment of his client.  Cases like this one, involving athletes, alcohol and sex, are occurring on college campuses across the country. Read this book for more.

How Can I Get a Deal Like That? . . .U of L president James Ramsey and two others received $5.6 million in deferred compensation from the U of L Foundation, prompting trustee Steve Wilson to call for State Auditor Adam Edelen to investigate the whole mess.

JCPS Spokesman Out:  . . .On the heels of the announcement that chief Donna Hargens is reorganizing the structure of  JCPS, spokesman Ben Jackey abruptly resigned, the latest domino to fall in JCPS’s communications staff. Jackey left a reporting job with WLKY-TV in 2010 for JCPS.

Pass the Cash Back, Says Dawne Gee: Popular WAVE 3 anchor Dawne Gee, who has experienced a series of health problems, filed a lawsuit against Baptist Hospital East citing “unforgivable and cruel” treatment during a 2014 hospital visit.

With the 14th Pick of the 2015 NFL Draft: . . . DeVante Parker is a Miami Dolphin. The Ballard High and U of L alum was rumored to be a favorite of the Minnesota Vikings, who picked 11th and have ex-Cards QB Teddy Bridgewater as their QB. Instead, Parker will be catching balls from Ryan Tannehill in Miami.

A Duke to Love: Louisville has an artist-in-residence. Ben Duke is making the rounds in town this week. You can hear all about it on the Rusty Satellite Show.

The weather’s great. I’ll see you at the track.