Fuck you Sting. Fuck you and the horse you rode in on â€“ literally.
As you may have heard, a long shot named Giacomo won this yearâ€™s Kentucky Derby at unheard of 50-1 odds. This was the second largest pay-out ever in Kentucky Derby history.
Normally, I am a big champion of the underdog. No one likes an upset more than me. But Giacomoâ€™s win sucked for a number of reasons, and I blame Sting.
FYI: Giacomo is the name of Stingâ€™s 9yr old son. The owner of the horse was a cofounder of A&M records and gave his thoroughbred the same stupid name Sting gave his stupid kid. Long story short, this horse should not even have been a contender in this race â€“ let alone win the thingâ€¦.
Now the field on the Derby-Trail wasnâ€™t especially strong this year, thatâ€™s a given, but a major-long shot winning the biggest money (and highest profile) race in the U.S. is really bad for the industry.
In case you didnâ€™t already know, I like horse racing â€“ a lot. I play the races when I can, but itâ€™s not a money thing, I just love the entire sport. But the whole horse racing industry is in serious decline. Purses have fallen and are usually supplemented heavily by casinos and slot machines. Smarty Jones did a world of good in breathing some new life into the racing world last year, and I was really hoping that this trend would continue with a new â€˜peopleâ€™s champâ€™ in 2005. No such luck. Giacomo is an average horse at best, and his record and background really wonâ€™t excite anyone.
In laymanâ€™s terms, Giacomo sucks, his win was a fluke (3 seconds off the K.D. record pace,) and this win will hurt the sport â€“ and I blame Sting.
If by some miracle, Giacomo manages a win in the Preakness then I will retract all of my words and send Sting a formal letter of apology â€“ at that point this would become without a doubt one of the best Triple Crown stories of all time â€“ but thatâ€™s not going to happen. Giacomo blows.
To sum it all up:
Giacomo was a major long shot that shouldnâ€™t have won. His pace was slow, and he benefited from a heavy pack, a mean-spirited entry strategy that backfired (i.e Spanish Chestnut), and dumb luck. He wonâ€™t be a Triple Crown contender. His story sucks, and heâ€™s a heâ€™s two degrees separated from Sting.
On an unrelated note, there was a pretty girl at Delaware Park that hit the 10-18 exacta. The 18 horse that came in was another long shot at 70-1. No one in their right mind (or anyone with any horse racing experience at all) would have picked that. She won over $9,800 on a $2 bet. Whore.
See you at the Preakness!