Lakers Stars Lose Racehorse To NFL Player
Lakers Stars Lose Racehorse To NFL Player, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have their prized equine claimed by another big-name athlete. In late April, we brought you a peculiar story in which Los Angeles Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol got into a bidding war over a horse at a charity auction. Kobe won the auction with a bid of $8,000, but he then extended a stake in the horse, a four-year-old gelding named Siempre Mio, to Gasol. It was a random story, but a nice one in that two, star teammates found a way to bond off the court.
On Sunday, Siempre Mio ran at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, losing by a nose after being closed upon by the amazingly named Valkyrie Missile. However, due to the vagaries of horse ownership, Siempre Mio changed hands from two major sports stars to another when the race was over. The Associated Press explains:
Upon crossing the finish line in second place, [Siempre Mio] belonged to 2009 NFL MVP Drew Brees and his partners. [...]
In US horse racing, a great number of races are called claiming races. That means any horse entered can be “claimed” at the designated price for the race. It’s a way of evening out the competition so that horses worth $100,000 aren’t overwhelming less-talented stock worth $10,000 or so. It keeps the races, and the betting, competitive. In the case of Siempre Mio in the first race Sunday, the claiming price was $12,500. [...]
Brees is a partner in Donkey Island Racing, best known for the 3-year-old Holy Candy. Trainer Mark Glatt made the claim on behalf of the new owners.
Siempre Mio was trained by Doug O’Neill, who guided I’ll Have Another to recent victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. [...]
[San Anita CEO Mark] Verge said Gasol has been a regular visitor at O’Neill’s barn since the Lakers lost in the second round of the playoffs. O’Neill said Gasol is in love with all the horses in the trainer’s barn.