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Drew Brees claims horse away from Kobe Bryant

Drew Brees AP

Drew Brees hasn’t been playing football this spring, but he’s kept his eyes on another sport.

The Sport of Kings, to be exact. Brees and his partners claimed the thoroughbred Siempre Mio after a race at Hollywood Park on Sunday creating an extremely rare case of a horse going from one MVP owner to another. One of Siempre Mio’s previous owners was Lakers star Kobe Bryant, the 2008 NBA MVP.

Bryant, his teammate Pau Gasol and others entered the horse in a claiming race. Claiming races put all the horses up for sale at roughly the same price and any licensed owner may claim them for the prearranged price before the start of the race. Once the race begins, the horse is the property of the new owners although any money won in the race goes to the previous owners.

In this case, the cost was $12,500 for the Super Bowl XLIV MVP and his partners in Donkey Island Racing. For that money, they got themselves a horse trained by Doug O’Neill, who also trained Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.

According to the Associated Press, Bryant and Gasol each put up $8,000 for a quarter share in the horse which would seem to make this a good deal for Brees and company. Siempre Mio, a four-year-old, finished second in Sunday’s claimer to return $2.60 on a $2 bet. That’s a better return than you get for finishing second in the NFL.

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10 Responses to “Drew Brees claims horse away from Kobe Bryant”
  1. ctcheesehead says: Jun 18, 2012 10:15 AM

    Peyton Manning was the 2009 NFL MVP, Brees has never won it.

  2. geemoney713 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:43 AM

    ctcheesehead…

    I think he meant MVP of the superbowl for the 2009 season. I still thumbs upped you because he should have specified that. They’re two completely different things.

  3. popcrowl says: Jun 18, 2012 10:50 AM

    It did not say League MVP. He was the Super Bowl MVP of 2010. Just throwing that out there.

  4. gpatrick15 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:57 AM

    Ok, I spoke too soon. He could have been talking about the Super Bowl MVP, but in that case, he should have specified that.

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 18, 2012 11:05 AM

    And how does this not run afoul of some NFL gambling rule?

  6. 1920gsh says: Jun 18, 2012 12:22 PM

    Owning a horse running for a purse and laying money on your it to win are two entirely different things.

  7. bigks77 says: Jun 18, 2012 12:30 PM

    Maybe he could be partners with Vilma and cheat at this sport as well!

  8. jman667 says: Jun 18, 2012 2:10 PM

    Cheat at this sport as well? That implies that he already cheats at another sport. Incorrect. A violation of the rules, yes. Cheating, no. And FWIW, this was a solid claim as Siempre Mio was a steal for $12.5k.

  9. stavreafavre says: Jun 18, 2012 4:08 PM

    Oh… I thought he beat him at H-O-R-S-E. Now that’d be a story.

  10. dlc618 says: Jun 19, 2012 12:38 PM

    What isn’t this dude doing…football, sandwiches, clothing, now horse racing. Oh and inappropriate analogies about football and war.

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