Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, will relocate to Rich and Gaby Sulpizio’s Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif., for the 2012 breeding season. His fee will be announced later.
A half brother to grade I winner Tiago, Giacomo (Holy Bull—Set Them Free, by Stop the Music) stood in 2011 at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs near Paris, Ky.
Runner-up in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at 2, Giacomo won the Kentucky Derby over Closing Argument, with Afleet Alex finishing third. He then ran third in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Giacomo also placed in that year’s San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) and the Sham Stakes.
Giacomo accounted for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) his 4-year-old season. In all, he won or placed in eight stakes and earned $2,537,316.
“We are very pleased to welcome Giacomo to Magali Farms and look forward to offering California breeders the only opportunity to breed to a Kentucky Derby winner in our state,” said Magali manager Tom Hudson.
“Giacomo won or placed in graded stakes in California at 2, 3, and 4 while based there,” said Adena Springs general manager Eric Hamelback. “We expect him to be well-received locally.”
With his first foals 3-year-olds this year, Giacomo is the sire of 10 stakes horses. His four current juvenile stakes horses include stakes winners Go Vivian Go and Jake Mo.