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Torre has Derby fever

Torre has Derby fever

PITTSBURGH -- Joe Torre, who has something of a golden touch when it comes to owning thoroughbred race horses, is part owner of Homeboykris, a 3-year-old gelding who is being pointed for the 136th Kentucky Derby on May 1.

The Dodgers will host the Pirates that night, so Torre will be watching the race on television at Dodger Stadium, while his wife, Alli, will represent the family at Churchill Downs.

Homeboykris currently has enough graded-stakes earnings from a win in last year's Champagne Stakes to be one of the 20 Derby starters. He's trained by Rick Dutrow Jr.

A year ago, Torre was part owner of another Derby candidate, Vineyard Haven, but the partners sold the horse for $12 million to Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai. Torre has never owned a Kentucky Derby starter, but in 2005, he was part owner of Sis City, who finished fourth in the Kentucky Oaks -- the female equivalent of the Derby.

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