Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette was the most popular player in college basketball last season and the most popular player in the 2011 NBA draft class. After the Sacramento Kings drafted him, they wasted little time promoting him for the excited fans. We already knew that The Jimmer was larger-than-life figure in Utah and Northern California, but the area where he’s a true hero is his hometown of Glens Falls, New York. There, someone’s even named a horse after him.
The Saratogian explains that a colt named “Jimmer” made the trip from Kentucky to the race track at Saratoga.
Among the youngsters is a colt sure to be popular with local fans: Jimmer. The son of Elusive Quality is named for Glens Falls native and former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette, a top 10 pick in the NBA draft who is set to begin his career with the Sacramento Kings.
Pat Hammel, wife of Glens Falls basketball coach Tony Hammel, works on the barn staff for Bill Mott, who, along with Pletcher, is one of WinStar Farm’s top trainers. Pat Hammel suggested naming a colt after Fredette to WinStar president/CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden. WinStar liked the idea and chose this particular colt.
Truth be told, you haven’t really arrived until you’ve had a horse named after you. Who needs a statue when you can be immortalized with an equine honor of such high esteem?
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