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or Roan Colt by Holy Bull-Set
Them Free by Stop the Music
Owners: Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss
Trainer: John Shirreffs
Start: Belmont S (G1)
Next Start: Strub S. (G2)
Horsehats.com FastFact: Giacomo
is by Holy Bull, beaten
favorite in the 1994 Kentucky Derby and that season’s
Horse of the Year.
2nd Hollywood Futurity G1
WINNER KENTUCKY DERBY
3rd Sham S
WINNER 2005 KENTUCKY DERBY
Giacomo, named for rock star Sting's son,
sang an upset tune in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) today
at Churchill Downs.
Sent off at odds of 50-1, Mike Smith guided Giacomo to
the surprising victory before the second largest crowd
in Kentucky Derby history. The exacta was huge as another
longshot, Closing Argument, ran second. The gimmick paid
The superfecta was as staggering as the
finish, paying $1,728,507 with Afleet Alex third and Don't
Get Mad fourth. The trifecta paid $133,184.60.
"We never had him ready like we did
today," winning rider Mike Smith said. Indeed, Giacomo
had run in very good company but always come up just a
bit short. But the big stretch at Churchill Downs proved
to his liking, the son of Holy Bull out of the Stop the
Music mare Set Them Free rolling past Closing Argument
once he got clear sailing.
Giacomo was winning just the second race
of his life. He broke his maiden in his second start last
fall at Santa Anita and then ran third in an allowance
race before running second in the Hollywood Futurity (gr.
I) to Declan's Moon.
Declan's Moon was the early Derby favorite
until he was injured.
Giacomo had made three starts this year
at three: he ran third in the Sham Stakes, finished second
in the San Felipe (gr. II), and was fourth, beaten just
two lengths, in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). Smith has
ridden him in all seven of his starts.
Giacomo paid $102.60, $45.80, and $19.80
and Closing Argument returned $70 and $24.80. Afleet Alex
paid $4.60. It was the second highest price in Kentucky
Derby history, behind only the $184.90 returned by Doneraile
After fractions of :22.28, :45.38, :1.09.59,
and 1:35.88, Giacomo crossed the wire after 10 furlongs
in 2:02.75. The winning margin was a half length, with
Closing Argument another half length ahead of Afleet Alex.
Giacomo is owned by Jerry and Ann Moss,
who bred him in Kentucky. Jerry Moss founded A&M Records
with Herb Alpert and has produced recordings for many
top starts, among them Sting. The dam is named for a Sting
The Derby winner is trained by John Shirreffs.
Both Shirreffs and Smith were winning their first Derbys.
The complete order of finish: Giacomo, Closing
Argument, Afleet Alex, Don't Get Mad, Buzzards Bay, Wilko,
Bellamy Road, Andromeda's Hero, Flower Alley, High Fly,
Greeley's Galaxy, Coin Silver, Greater Good, Noble Causeway,
Sun King, Spanish Chestnut, Sort It Out, Going Wild, Bandini,
and High Limit.
The attendance on a beautiful day in Louisville,
Ky., was 156,435, not surprising with not only the nice
weather but a 20-horse field and a new Churchill Downs
facility. The day before, a record crowd of 111,243 saw
Summerly win the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
The largest crowd ever to witness the Derby
was for the 100th running of the race in 1974. That day,
163,628 saw Cannonade win the Run for the Roses.
There was certainly some irony in that Giacomo
is by Holy Bull, who was favored in the 1994 Derby when
he was ridden by Smith. Holy Bull ran 12th in a 14-horse
field. Interestingly, that same year the Mosses won the
Oaks with Sardula.
Smith had previously finished third three
times in the Derby including Lion Heart last year. He
also was second on Proud Citizen in 2002 and Prairie Bayou
Giacomo had an interesting trip in the Derby,
having to make several moves and work his way up from
far back in the pack.
"I had to ease him out in the first
turn and get around some horses," Smith said. "I
worked my way back in there and got bumped around a little.
I saw a seam and he runs good on the outside, he just
kept grinding and wouldn't stop until he got him (Closing
Nick Zito saddled five horses in the Derby
for five different owners but favored Bellamy Road, who
checked in seventh was his best finish. Andromeda's Hero
ran eighth, High Fly finished 10th, Noble Causeway was
14th, and Sun King ran 15th.
"I didn't see a lot of the race because
I was on the ground floor," Shirreffs said. "The
fractions were fast, he was wide around the first turn.
I didn't pick him up until the three-sixteenths pole.
I saw the white shadow roll, and I thought we had a chance
to hit the board. Then I said to myself, 'We might win
Shirreffs said he first thought Giacomo
might be a Kentucky Derby horse when he ran second to
Declan's Moon. "When he ran second to Declan's Moon
and the way he loomed up there, I knew we had a horse
of high caliber," he said.
The Mosses have been in racing since 1970
when they started with claiming horses. They bought the
dam for $45,000 and she won five of 12 starts and earned
$173,275. Her third foal was a Holy Bull filly named Styler,
who won two of her four races. Jerry Moss said because
they liked Styler, they decided to send the mare back
to Holy Bull. In the meantime, Set Them Free, produced
a filly by Derby winner Sea Hero named Sea Jewel who won
two races and was multiple graded stakes placed.
Set Them Free had a colt by Swain in 2003
and this year produced a colt by Pleasant Tap.
There had been some knocking of the California
horses in this year's Derby but horses coming out of the
Santa Anita Derby ran first, fourth, and fifth. Giacomo
is the 15th horse to win the Derby having had his final
prep in the Santa Anita Derby.
Shirreffs, who took out his training license
in 1978 and now operates a public stable in California,
was saddling his first Derby starter. This is the third
year a trainer sending out his first Derby horse won the
race, following Barclay Tagg and Funny Cide in 2003 and
John Servis with Smarty Jones last year.