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LINK: How Jim Boeheim became part owner of a Derby long shot (that races under blue-and-white checkerboard silks)

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The Syracuse Orangemen made it to the Sweet 16 as an 11-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. On Saturday, Jim Boeheim will be hoping for another Cinderella run, this time at Churchill Downs.

Boeheim is part owner of Hidden Stash, one of the long shots in the Kentucky Derby. He was gifted a very small share — “two hairs on the tail,” in his words — by his friend Adam Weistman, a New York businessman and Syracuse super fan who told Dana O’Neil he just wanted to cheer Boeheim up.

“He’s so miserable and grumpy, and he never liked any gifts I gave him,’’ Weitsman says. “Shoes, jackets, he’d just complain. So I bought him a share of this horse. I didn’t think he’d be very good. And now he’s going to the Derby. That’s his luck.’’

[The Athletic]

Funnily enough, Boeheim’s horse will be running under the blue-and-white checkerboard silks of BBN Racing, an ownership group founded by Brian Klatsky and Brendan O’Brien. The duo played college basketball and Klatsky founded Team Rio National, an Under Armour-sponsored grassroots team whose roster included former five-star prospects Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine (you may remember it was the center of some scandal in 2018).

Hidden Stash was bred at Rhineshire Farm in Kentucky, purchased by Weitsman and O’Brien in September 2019 at Keeneland, and is trained by Victoria Oliver, the only female trainer in the Derby field. He finished ten lengths behind Essential Quality, the Derby favorite, in the Blue Grass Stakes and is currently one of six horses with 50-1 odds. So, his chances of winning Saturday aren’t great; in Boeheim’s terms, “this would be like the 68th team in the field winning the national championship.’’

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[The Athletic]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 Comments for LINK: How Jim Boeheim became part owner of a Derby long shot (that races under blue-and-white checkerboard silks)

  1. Brandon
    2:54 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

    BBN racing!

  2. BobbyBlue
    3:12 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

    Jim Boeheim is is the prototype for the phrase of “ old curmudgeon” What a horses ass, would seem appropriate for this blog. !
    No wonder he and St K are such close friends.
    About every year he seems to be awarded an unearned spot in March Madness.Always makes me wonder what he has on Emmert
    Over the years he has made several verbal,attacks on the UK program.
    I know he is married to a former UK cheerleader, but I can not wish him well.

    • pbjuk
      4:00 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

      He reminds me of Popovich. They both vote the same way every November.

    • nocode96
      4:08 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

      And Jim had given millions of dollars to child welfare and cancer research, but let’s continue to focus on whether or not people have a d or r beside their name on their voter card. It’s not a sport, it’s irrelevant which way anyone leans politically, only what they do with their time and effort. Jim may be a horse’s arse in the basketball world, but he’s literally saved the lives of multiple children with cancer thanks to his money and time.

  3. runningunnin.454
    4:44 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

    No self-respecting thoroughbred would wear orange.

  4. Bluenblood
    4:51 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

    Met him in Indy drunker than squat. He was really nice. Then again in Dallas he was fine but Verne Lundquist was awesome swilling vodka and telling stories. Always thought Boner he was a prick LOL but there ya go

  5. stx1968
    5:23 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

    Saw Hidden Stash in Tampa for their prep race. He got about as bad a trip as possible and still managed a huge move in the stretch. Wasn’t impressive in the bluegrass, but I wouldnt be shocked to see him make a jump. Definitely including him underneath on some tri plays.

  6. runningunnin.454
    6:29 pm April 27, 2021 Permalink

    Curious about the horse’s name; you sure the other owners aren’t Billy Self and Willy Wade?