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FINALS WATCH: Hoops and horses

Saturday - 4/6/2013, 11:06pm  ET

In this photo provided by Benoit Photo, Goldencents and Kevin Krigger race to win the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Derby horse race on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Talk about having a good day.

If you haven't heard, not only is Rick Pitino's team in the national championship game, his horse is also in the Kentucky Derby.

Shortly before Pitino's Louisville team rallied to beat Wichita State 72-68 in the Final Four on Saturday, Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia, Calif., to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Pitino is a minority owner in the horse, trained by Doug O'Neill. O'Neill trained I'll Have Another, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness last year.

The race wasn't as close as Pitino's game. Goldencents won by 1 1/4 lengths.

-- Charles Odum -- http://twitter.com/CharlesOdum

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