A couple career journeymen teamed to claim the title last weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. It could be said Scott Piercy (four career wins) and Billy Horschel (five) are journeymen with a difference — they’ve won out there.
Horschel, in particular, has a big star by his name.
We wrote this about Horschel in 2015: “Got lost in the shuffle at the end of the FedEx Cup playoffs last year, and that’s after he won it. Won the $10 million. Won two straight tournaments at the end of the playoffs, and he was called a symptom of the worst aspects of the FedEx scoring system. He was called an opportunist, plain lucky, because he won at the right time.
“Grey Goatee Nation doesn’t call him any kind of goddamn symptom. We call him a money player.”
It seems to us, then, that the money horse Saturday in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is Free Drop Billy, a 33-1 shot with Robby Albarado up. While Billy, the Horschel, has built his resume by never letting us see him sweat, Free Drop Billy, the horse, tends to lather before a race. It just shows he cares.