April 22, 2010
With only nine days until the bugles blare at Churchill Downs, Dodgers manager Joe Torre took the two-hour trip from Cincinnati to the legendary racetrack on Wednesday and checked in with Homeboykris, his horse that's expected to race in the Kentucky Derby.
Torre has owned a few horses in his day, but he's never owned one that was entered in the Derby. He bought a share of Homeboykris last winter and being in town to play the Reds gave him a chance to see the horse work out in person.
"It was a lot of fun," said Torre. "He breezed for six furlongs. I don't think anyone can pass him in earnings, so it looks good."
Torre had a horse in the 2005 Kentucky Oaks, but he's never had a starter in the Derby, a rare achievement for any horse owner.
"I think he has a chance, but you never want to get too excited," Torre said. "With a horse, anything can happen."
Torre won't get a chance to relive Hunter S. Thompson's Louisville bender on May 1 — the Dodgers play the Pirates in Los Angeles that night — but it'd be pretty cool if he gets to talk about being the owner of a Derby-winning horse in his postgame press conference. Unfortunately, that's a longshot to happen — Homeboykris is currently listed as a 50-to-1 shot.