Víctor Martínez was a five-time All-Star, a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and won the 2014 Edgar Martínez Award as the game’s best designated hitter. He’s interested in more trophies, however. This time for horse racing.
Martínez is the owner of a thoroughbred named King Guillermo, and King Guillermo won the Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday. The horse was a 49-1 long shot, but sure enough that nag came in. Well, he’s not a nag. V-Mart paid $150K for the fella.
I have no idea how qualifying for the Kentucky Derby works, but the Associated Press says that King Guillermo earned 50 points toward qualification. He’s short of automatic entry, but Martínez can apparently pay like $6,000 and get a slot for his horse. Maybe that’s not worth the hassle if he’s a super long shot — it costs a lot of money and takes a lot of work to get a whole racing operation around the country — but I kinda hope he does it.
I mean, I’m not a betting man, but I’d but a sawbuck on a horse owned by a retired Hall of Very Good-level ballplayer.