Giacomo (horse)

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Giacomo at the 2006 Pacific Classic
SireHoly Bull
GrandsireGreat Above
DamSet Them Free
DamsireStop The Music
FoaledFebruary 16, 2002[1]
BreederMr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss
OwnerMr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss/Stronach Stables
TrainerJohn Shirreffs
Major wins
Kentucky Derby (2005)
San Diego Handicap (2006)
Last updated on November 9, 2006

Giacomo (foaled February 16, 2002 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred race horse and sire best known for winning the 2005 Kentucky Derby.


The gray stallion is owned by his breeder, Jerry Moss, who may be better known for co-founding A&M Records with trumpeter Herb Alpert. Giacomo was named after the son of Sting.[2] Giacomo's dam Set Them Free also produced Tiago.[3]

Giacomo was trained during his racing career by John Shirreffs.

Racing career[edit]

Giacomo, ridden by Mike E. Smith won the 2005 Kentucky Derby in a time of 2:02.75.[4] At odds of 50–1, Giacomo stands as tied, with Mine That Bird in 2009, for the second-biggest longshot ever to win the Derby, trailing only Donerail, who went off at 91–1 in 1913.[5]

Giacomo finished third in the 2005 Preakness Stakes behind the favorite, Afleet Alex. He finished seventh in the 2005 Belmont Stakes, again behind the favored Afleet Alex; Smith said after the race that the horse had breathing problems. Giacomo's owner received a first-place check of $1,639,600 for the victory, the largest in Kentucky Derby history.

Giacomo continued to race after his disappointing Belmont finish. In his first race back, he finished third in the Strub Stakes at Santa Anita Park. After that, he was raced in the prestigious Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, where he finished 5th and was never a threat. After a four-month layoff, Giacomo won the July 22, 2006, San Diego Handicap by a head. The victory was followed by a 5th in the Pacific Classic Stakes and a show in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, where Giacomo lost to Lava Man for the 3rd time in 4 races. Despite the fact that Giacomo had only won two stakes races, he was entered in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic field, where he faced Lava Man as well as other top horses such as Bernardini and the eventual winner, Invasor. Giacomo finished fourth.

Stud record[edit]

After the Breeders' Cup, it was announced that Giacomo would be retired to stud at Adena Springs in Kentucky.

In November 2015, Oakhurst Thoroughbreds announced Giacomo would stand at stud[6] at their facility in Newberg, Oregon, making Giacomo the second Kentucky Derby winner to stand at stud in Oregon (along with Grindstone.)


Pedigree of Giacomo (USA), gray stallion, 2002[1]
Holy Bull (USA)
Great Above (USA)
Minnesota Mac Rough'n Tumble
Cow Girl
Ta Wee Intentionally
Sharon Brown (USA)
Al Hattab The Axe
Agathea's Dawn Grey Dawn
Set Them Free (USA)
Stop The Music (USA)
Hail To Reason Turn-To
Bebopper Tom Fool
Valseuse (FR)
Tyrant Bold Ruler
Barbarossa Cambremont
Barbara (Family: 2-d)[3]


  1. ^ a b "Giacomo pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ Melissa Hoppert. "Every Little Horse He Names Is Magic".
  3. ^ a b "Emma - Family 2-d". Thoroughbred Bloodlines.
  4. ^ "2005 Kentucky Derby".
  5. ^ "50-1 shot shocks favorites at Derby". Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Retrieved May 3, 2009.
  6. ^ "Giacomo - Stallion Register Online".

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