May 8, 2005


Giacomo stuns Derby: Huge payoff follows stretch run by 50-1 shot (Ron Indrisano, May 8, 2005, Boston Globe)

Giacomo, a 50-1 shot who had won only his maiden race, exploded the tote board by capturing the 131st Kentucky Derby yesterday with a strong stretch run before a crowd of 156,435 at Churchill Downs. He was followed home by 71-1 shot Closing Argument as the payoffs went through the roof.

The superfecta, which included Afleet Alex, third at 9-2, and Don't Get Mad, fourth at 29-1, paid a stunning $864,253.50 for a $1 bet; there were seven winning tickets sold. Giacomo paid $102.60 to win, and Closing Argument paid $70 to place.

Giacomo, who was as anonymous this week as any Kentucky Derby entrant can be, was ridden by Mike Smith, who won his first Derby after three runner-up finishes, and is trained by John Shirreffs, who sent out his first Derby starter. A son of Holy Bull, Giacomo was bred and is owned by Rondor Music chairman Jerry Moss, who cofounded A&M Records. Giacomo was named after rock star Sting's 9-year-old son. [...]

The Fab Five turned into the five flops, as Bellamy Road, the overhyped favorite, finished seventh, Andromeda's Hero eighth, High Fly 10th, Noble Causeway 14th, and Sun King 15th.

So, what does George Steinbrenner do to a disappointing horse, turn it into dog food and glue?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 8, 2005 11:15 AM

Chews him out in th barn. Calls him "Mr. April" in the press. Demotes him to the harness racing circuit. Hires a new jockey with a recent hot winning record for $55 million. Circulates rumors about past steroid use. Employs Howie Spira to threaten the horse if he doesn't get his tail in gear at the Preakness...

Posted by: John at May 8, 2005 11:44 AM

"Enough is enough," Steinbrenner said in a statement. "I am bitterly disappointed, as I am sure all Bellamy Road fans are, by the lack of performance by our colt....

A horse with the highest training budget in the business should do more for his fans."

Posted by: pj at May 8, 2005 11:52 AM

Just think, if the horse had won, instead of fading down the stretch like the Yanks against the Sox last October, it'd probably be managing the Yankees today.

If not playing for them . . .

Reminds me of the story from the Glory of Their Times about the old-time ball player who raced a thoroughbred around the bases on a bet.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 8, 2005 12:01 PM

Mr. February, not Mr. April.

And I bet George wishes he could grind up Giambi for fish food.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 8, 2005 4:04 PM

Jim: The horse and Giambi will sleep with the fishes before the season is over. Maybe Giambi will wake up and find the horses head next to him in bed?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 8, 2005 10:45 PM

Back-to-back homers by Tino and Posada in the eighth inning today, then Giambi whiffs and the boos shower down, even with a 6-0 lead, as his average falls to just above the Mendoza Line. At this rate, George may not have time to get to him before the fans at the Stadium do.

Posted by: John at May 8, 2005 10:55 PM

I always bet something on the long shot when I go to the track, once a decade.

Posted by: Sandy P. at May 8, 2005 11:37 PM