Mac Engel

An ex TCU baseball player misses at the Kentucky Derby but wins anyway

My Boy Jack finished fifth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Former TCU second baseman Kirk Godby is part of a group that owns My Boy Jack.
My Boy Jack finished fifth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Former TCU second baseman Kirk Godby is part of a group that owns My Boy Jack. AP

Former TCU second baseman Kirk Godby began his side-career in horse racing as a groomsman, and on Saturday he sat in the owner's box at Churchill Downs to watch his own horse running in the Kentucky Derby.

Godby's horse, My Boy Jack, began his run in the 10th position but started the race poorly. He pushed late to finish fifth, seven lengths behind winner Justify in conditions so sloppy a pig would complain at the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Not the desired result, but that My Boy Jack made it to the Derby is major win for Don't Tell My Wife Stables, located on Parkview Drive in Fort Worth.

"When [jockey] Kent Desormeaux had to check him at the quarter pole I knew we probably didn't have a shot to win but it's how many he can pass," Godby said from Louisville. "Very game horse with a ton of heart. ... Headed to Belmont as of now."

Godby is a graduate of Southwest High School, and played one season of baseball at TCU in 1984. Two of his daughters are currently members of the TCU Showgirls.

After he finished TCU, he originally tried real estate in California. That didn't work out. But the impressions from Santa Anita Race Track did, and he eventually found his way moving up the chain at Louisiana Downs, where he started nearly at the bottom.

He returned to Fort Worth where he started a logistics company that succeeded. In 2010 he started his own barn. Every time he would recruit an additional investor, the person inevitably said, "Don't tell my wife — she'll kill me."

Historically, horse racing can be dangerous for marriages.

Eventually, Don't Tell My Wife became the name of the stables.

And on Saturday it had its first Derby horse.

"The group purchased MBJ for $20,000; for him to be fifth in the Kentucky Derby brought me to tears," said one of Don't Tell My Wife's primary investors, Brad Fees.

Pretty sure no one's wife is killing them now, except with kindness.

Ratings leader

With both the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks missing the playoffs in each of the last two years, the good folks who have the TV broadcast rights of both teams continually lament the plummeting ratings for their games on the Fox Sports Southwest telecasts.

It's so bad that the Stars, not a team that exactly breaks the ratings meter, have actually performed better than the Mavs in the last year plus.

The savior for Fox Sports Southwest remains the Texas Rangers. The team is destined for a last-place finish, their top point of sale is an over-weight, 44-year-old pitcher, and yet, according to staffers, the ratings for Rangers telecasts so far this season are on point.

The Rangers stink on the field, but they are doing just fine on television.

The fact that baseball teams have so little competition in terms of local sports is the reason why local and regional TV affiliates have flooded MLB franchises with staggering sums of money.

Even if the team stinks, baseball remains good white noise for the home.

Course work

Annika Sorenstam made history playing in a PGA event at Colonial in 2003, but how many times did she play in a big tournament right before a final exam, huh?

TCU junior women's golfer Annika Clark, who is named after Sorenstam, is doing just that as she played Saturday in the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic in Irving.

I am 100 percent in the bag for Ms. Clark; she has taken two of the courses I have been fortunate enough to teach as an adjunct member of TCU's Schieffer School of Journalism.

Even if it's clear she totally mails in some of her class work because she knows a certain journalism professor is ignorantly kind, Clark is everything a coach could ever want as an ambassador for a program, a department and a school.

Ms. Clark qualified for the LPGA event as an amateur, and played her first round on Saturday with LPGA veteran Natalie Gulbis and European Solheim Cup team member Emily Pedersen in the first-round.

Clark shot a plus-5, 75 on Saturday in what will be a rain-shortened event. She is tied for 124th, but Clark actually finished one shot ahead of Gulbis.

"She talked to me about her time on the Tour and how you just have to play to have fun and not worry about making a living," said, Clark, who is a journalism major and hopes to play professionally. "It's a game that is important to enjoy!"

Great advice. Also good advice — don't be late for your final.

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