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If Jay Bilas can be Big East commish, can Kenny Mayne be horse racing’s czar?

Mayne with Baffert

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino set social media into a frenzy with his post suggesting television commentator Jay Bilas would make the perfect Big East commissioner. No, really, that’s what he said.

Pitino’s words, from his web site: “He has charisma, knows T.V., has a legal background, outstanding presence, and a creative thinker. He would be a grand slam.”

This forward thinking elicits an idea for the troubled world of horse racing. Instead of turning to the industry insiders for needed leadership, why not look to one of our media stars? ESPN’s Kenny Mayne fits the bill.

He has all the qualities Pitino mentioned – well, we’re not sure about any legal background – and could turn an objective eye to the important issues facing racing today. If anything, the quarterly reports would be fun to read.

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