Written by Alexis De La Garza
The story of Giacomo is one that deserves to be told. Giacomo was
the little horse in a field of twenty in a big race no one thought
he could win. But he did. He was up against another racing great,
and the one thought to be the sure winner, Afleet Alex. But Giacomo,
at odds 50-1, pulled the second biggest upset in Derby history.
He beat Afleet Alex, and was just a head in front of Closing Argument
when he passed the wire. With only one other win to his record,
Giacomo was now famous.
Giacomo was born February 16th,
2002, at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. He was trained
by one of racing’s greatest, John Shirreffs, and was jockeyed
my Mike Smith, who was atop Giacomo’s sire, Eclipse Award-winner
Holy Bull, in the 1994 Kentucky Derby. After the Derby, Giacomo’s
talent was questioned. Was he really a champion? Or did he get a
lucky win after a drop in pace? Yes and no. But Giacomo proved his
doubters wrong after winning the 2006 San Diego Handicap by a head.
Although Giacomo had a tough career as a racehorse,
he was still grand. He ran a show in Goodwood Breeder’s Cup
Handicap, losing to Lava Man. Despite his only winning two stakes
races, he was entered in the prestigious Breeder’s Cup Classic
of 2006. There, he would face other incredible horses such as his
old rival Lava Man, Bernardini, and Invasor. Giacomo finished an
impressive fourth in the race, although he was never a real contender.
After the Breeder’s, it was announced that
Giacomo would be retired to stud. He is standing at Adena Springs
in Kentucky, and his first foals will be born in 2008. Giacomo had
a tough time in the racing world, but we never gave up on him. He
proved doubters wrong on several occasions, and some are sure his
foals will do the same.
Owner: Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Moss & Stronach Stables Frank Str
Breeder: Jerry Moss
Race Record: 16:3-2-5
Sire: Holy Bull (1994 horse of the year)
Dam: Set Them Free (4-time stakes winner)