Keyword: Giacomo

  • Smarty Jones took the Arkansas route to Derby success.

    Different Roads Taken to Derby Success

    If it is true that history repeats itself, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands has plenty of historical trends to follow. However, the fact that it has a varied history makes it hard to pick exactly which trend to follow.

  • Giacomo, defied his 50-1 odds to win the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

    Odds-On Favorites Are Good Bet in Derby

    Giacomo's shocking win at 50-1 odds in the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) served as a reminder that any horse can win on Derby day. Combined with the fact that only two favored horses (Fusaichi Pegasus and Smarty Jones) have won the Derby in the past 25 years, bettors may think betting on favorites in the race is futile. However, a quick look at history shows that some favorites are almost a sure bet.

  • ReRun Teams Up with Derby Winners and Other Notables on eBay

    ReRun, a 501(c)(3) non-profit adoption organization, announced April 24 that a select group of its signature "Moneigh" paintings created by past Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners and other notable racehorses are now available on eBay.

  • Lava Man and Corey Nakatani, outside, hold off Magnum to win the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Confidence Flows in Lava Man's Big 'Cap Win

    California-bred Lava Man, ridden with extreme confidence by Corey Nakatani, shook loose of favored High Limit on the far turn and defeated upset-minded Magnum to win the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in a spectacular effort in front of nearly 50,000 fans Saturday.

  • Giacomo Ready for Big 'Cap

    Trainer John Shirreffs said Giacomo will be ready when the gates spring open Saturday for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). The Big 'Cap will be the second start of the year for the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner who began his 4-year-old season with a third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II).

  • Borrego Misses Work, Still Possible for Big 'Cap

    Multiple grade I winner Borrego, who missed a recent workout while attempting to make the March 4 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) without benefit of a prep race for trainer Beau Greely, has not been withdrawn from consideration for the race.

  • High Limit and Patrick Valenzuela win the Strub Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    High Limit Overpowers Strub; Giacomo Third

    The Bobby Frankel-trained High Limit spoiled the return to the races of 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo with an authoritative win in the $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Giacomo '50-50' for Saturday's Strub Stakes

    Giacomo, who stunned the racing world with a 50-1 victory in last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), could make his first start in nearly eight months in Saturday's Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, trainer John Shirreffs said Sunday morning.

  • Bob Ford Wins Media Eclipse Award

    Bob Ford, sports columnist for the Philadelphia <i>Inquirer</i>, has won the Media Eclipse Award for writing in the news/commentary.

  • Horse Paintings Available for Holidays

    If you're looking for that perfect holiday gift for the racing fan on your shopping list, take heart--paintings by famous racehorses will be available for purchase on E-Bay beginning Saturday, Dec. 10.

  • Alice Chandler to be 2005 Honor Guest at TCA

    The Thoroughbred Club of America announced Tuesday that Alice Chandler has been elected by its board of directors as Honor Guest for the Club's annual Testimonial Dinner. The event will be held at Keeneland Race Course Nov. 5.

  • Saint Liam should be well-rested for BC Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: Zito Has Bad Hare Day

    It's hard to say what was the weirdest part of this past weekend -- the Woodward, with only three legitimate starters; the amount of money wagered, or rather thrown away, on Rick Dutrow's rabbit entry; or the paltry 41 starters competing in the seven graded stakes.

  • Birzer to Appear at Benefit Auction at River Downs

    The Gary Birzer Benefit featuring a silent and live auction will take place at River Downs Sept. 4, to help raise funds for the 28-year-old jockey who remains paralyzed from the waist down after a spill July 20, 2004 at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W.Va.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo will stand at Adena Springs when racing career ends.

    Giacomo Out for the Year; Will Stand at Adena Springs Upon Retirement

    Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Giacomo, upset winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be sidelined for the remainder of the year with a bone chip in his left front ankle, suffered in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Trainer John Shirreffs said the prognosis is excellent, and he is optimistic the colt will return to the races as a 4-year-old.

  • Afleet Alex makes it look easy with runaway Belmont win.

    Wow! Afleet Alex Crushes Belmont Field

    Afleet Alex, very, very confidently ridden by Jeremy Rose, made the same move he made in the Preakness (gr. I)...only this time he wasn't bumped. He blew by the field and romped home to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in impressive fashion.

  • Early arrivals on a sunny morning at Belmont Park.

    All Quiet on Belmont Morning

    Compared to the last few years, things are much calmer at Belmont Park the morning of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Friday's Belmont Notes: Getting in Final Licks

    Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex, the favorite for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, settled into his new barn without a problem. John Shirreffs, the affable trainer of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo, seemed nice and relaxed just one day before the rubber match at 1 1/2 miles.

  • Haskin: Reverberate &quot;...has all Darby Dan blood in his female family...&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Belmont Analysis: A New Hero on the Horizon

    Yes, it's time to look for a value horse again. It doesn't take a genius to figure out Afleet Alex and Giacomo are the class of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and if both run their "A" race, they should finish one-two. But, this is the Belmont, and Andromeda's Hero and Reverberate look like two horses who will love the mile and a half distance.

  • Monday Belmont Stakes Notes

    Afleet Alex completes serious training for Belmont Stakes (gr. I)... Chekhov works at Saratoga... Romans searching for jockey to ride Nolan's Cat... Watchmon, likely Belmont starter, to work Tuesday.

  • Afleet Alex, shown arriving at Belmont Park, had a strong three-mile gallop Monday.

    Afleet Alex Motors Through Three-Mile Gallop

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex turned in another of his unique feats Monday by jogging a mile and a half at 6:15, then going out at 8:45 and galloping three miles in the sweltering heat and humidity.

  • Stretching Out: Preakness Top Three Discuss the Belmont

    In an NTRA "Pre-Belmont" teleconference Thursday, trainers of the first three Preakness Stakes (gr. I) finishers--Afleet Alex, Scrappy T, and Giacomo--spoke to national media about that battle at Pimlico and the grueling 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I) that awaits June 11.

  • Nine Possible for Belmont Stakes

    The field for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11 is slowly taking shape, with at least nine 3-year-olds pointing for the third leg of the Triple Crown. The 1 1/2-mile "Test of the Champion" will be headed by Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo.

  • Giacomo Stretches Legs at Hollywood Park

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo stretched his limbs on his first visit to the Hollywood Park main track Wednesday morning since arriving Sunday following a third-place finish in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in Baltimore on Saturday.

  • Riders Up

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - A politician wins the primary but is defeated in the general election. A pro football player on a winning Super Bowl team is traded to the worst team in the league. A rider wins the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and then two weeks later loses the Preakness (gr. I).

  • Belmont Could Include Derby, Preakness Winners

    Although the race is still three weeks away and the picture could change, the 137th renewal of the Belmont Stakes June 11 could serve as a rubber match between longshot Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo and the courageous Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex.

  • It's Yes Yes for 'No Mo Do Giacomo'

    It was about 10 years ago that Louisville singer-songwriter Tim Krekel sat down with his guitar and wrote a seemingly simple song--"No Mo Do Giacomo"--about a guy who had run out of money after living the high life for too long.

  • Baltimore weather improved for Preakness Day.

    Beautiful Weather For Preakness Day

    What a difference a day makes. On Friday in Baltimore, the morning began with rain, wind, and chilliness. Patrons heading to Pimlico Saturday for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) awoke to bright, sunny skies and temperatures so pleasant jackets and sweaters were not necessary.

  • Louisville songwriter Tim Krekel featured on NBC broadcast.

    Songwriter Revives Giacomo Tune for NBC

    It was some ten years ago that Louisville singer-songwriter Tim Krekel sat down with his guitar and wrote a seemingly simple song – "No Mo Do Giacomo" – about a guy who had run out of money after living the high life too long.

  • Haskin&#39;s main exacta box pairs High Fly, above, with Greeley&#39;s Galaxy.

    Steve Haskin's Final Preakness Wagers

    Waiting for the 11th hour, here finally are the final Preakness (gr. I) wagers. Even with Greeley's Galaxy's 1950's-style blowout Friday morning, he is going to be the key betting horse