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The one where Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol buy a race horse

Apr 26, 2012, 5:16 PM EST

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I feel like this story should start “Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol walk into a bar…”

But in reality they were walking into a charity event, and it’s not a joke. Kobe and Gasol have partnered up as part owners of a race horse. Here is the story from the Associated Press:

Bryant and Gasol bid against each other for an ownership stake in a 4-year-old gelding named Siempre Mio as part of a Lakers Foundation fundraiser at Riviera Country Club on Tuesday night.

“Pao Gasol bid first, but then he and Kobe got into a little bit of a bidding war. Kobe won the bidding at $8,000,” Doug O’Neill, who trains the gelding, said Wednesday.

(Santa Anita Park CEO Mark) Verge then offered Gasol a chance to buy a 25 percent interest in the horse in exchange for a donation to the Lakers Foundation. Part of the deal was that the new owners pay no expenses in the horse’s care and training.

Yes, it’s a gelding. Make your own “it runs like Gasol plays” jokes, I’m not spending time on it.

Getting out of having to pay the care and training costs is key — those costs eat horse owners alive. It’s expensive. Siempre Mio could win some money for the Lakers (as if they need more), the horse has two wins and a second in five career starts.

The real reason they did this? It gives them something to talk to former horse trainer Jim Buss about.

  1. kingbeason52 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    8 grand is like old boogers to Kobe..atleast it was going to a charity..

  2. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    , but Kobe’s old boogers are special old boogers.

  3. acdc363 - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    I’d buy his old boogers for 8000 bucks

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