06/16/2005 11:00PM

Giacomo to stand at Adena Springs


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo will join the stallion roster at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation when he retires from racing, though that retirement is not imminent.

Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, racing manager for the colt's owners, Jerry and Ann Moss, and wife of trainer John Shirreffs, confirmed Friday that the pair had struck a deal with Adena Springs.

"He isn't going to be retired right away, needless to say, but when Mr. Moss and Mr. Shirreffs decide to retire him, he will go to Adena Springs," Ingordo-Shirreffs said.

Giacomo, who finished third in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont, is due to undergo surgery next week at Hollywood Park to remove a bone chip in his left front ankle. That will put the Holy Bull colt on the sidelines until the end of the year at the earliest, but his connections have not ruled out a campaign during the colt's 4-year-old season next year.

The terms of the stud deal with Adena Springs were not disclosed, but Ingordo-Shirreffs said that the Mosses would remain involved as owners during the colt's breeding career.

Adena Springs has had success from breeding to Holy Bull, most notably with Stronach homebred Macho Uno, North America's juvenile champion of 2001. Macho Uno stood this season at Adena Springs South in Florida.

A Moss homebred, Giacomo is out of the multiple stakes-winning Stop the Music mare Set Them Free. So far, he has won 2 of 10 starts, including the Derby. He also finished second in the 2004 Hollywood Futurity and this season's Grade 2 San Felipe. In addition to the Preakness, he finished third in this year's Sham Stakes. Giacomo has earnings of $1,966,316.