The Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky "Sportsman of the Year" for 2013 is University of Louisville basketball coach and Thoroughbred owner Rick Pitino.
While guiding the Cardinals to a national championship is Pitino's most celebrated accomplishment of 2013, the story on his selection in a vote of state sports writers notes that he also was a partner in the ownership group of Goldencents , who won last year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I.).
Pitino landed on the cover of the April 27, 2013 Blood-Horse and his long-time interest in horse racing is profiled in a story by Lenny Shulman.
Other horse racing figures landing in the top 25 of voting for 2013 were Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)-winning trainer Shug McGaughey, who placed 11th, and Eclipse Award-winning owners and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who ranked 12th.
For the Herald-Leader story, click here.