LOS ANGELES -- You won't hear a Major League manager say it often: Joe Torre was just happy to be there.
Torre's horse, Homeboykris, finished 16th in the 136th Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon. Torre, who owns several horses, bought a 10 percent stake in the 50-to-1 longshot in October, but he knew his horse had only an outside chance and had no way of predicting what kind of effect the sloppy conditions would have.
"We didn't know. He hasn't run that much to really get a feel of what his strengths are," Torre said. "On his mom's side, there are a couple wins in the mud. His mother was a mudder. The fact that we were in there was really what our goal was, and we realize that."
Some of the camera angles threw Torre for a loop, and the overall speed of the race made it hard for him to keep track of Homeboykris. Calvin Borel rode Super Saver to Borel's third Derby win in four years.
"He wasn't afraid of the rail with the mud," Torre said. "He just ran an amazing race.
Though it's not his decision, Torre said Homeboykris will likely not participate in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, in two weeks because the horse hadn't been conditioned to run with such frequency.