Bryant and Gasol’s horse loses by nose
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol came out on the losing end by a nose
at the racetrack.
The gelding part-owned by the Los Angeles Lakers stars was
beaten by that margin in the first race Sunday at Betfair Hollywood
Siempre Mio took the lead under Joy Scott and maintained it into
the stretch, then fought back when challenged by Valkyrie Missile
only to lose a photo finish to the 3-5 favorite in the $12,500
claiming race at six furlongs.
Siempre Mio was racing for the first and last time in bright
gold silks that featured a Lakers emblem and purple cap for
The gelding, which has two wins in six career starts, was
claimed after the race by Donkey Island Racing, a partnership that
includes New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. There were five
other claims put in for the horse, too.
Bryant and Gasol had purchased an interest in the horse at a
Lakers charity auction in April. Siempre Mio is trained by Doug
O’Neill, who oversaw I’ll Have Another to recent victories in the
Kentucky Derby and Preakness.