Captain Derek, the No. 2 horse, finishes sixth at Monmouth Park

OCEANPORT, N.J. - It was the ultimate hunch bet for Yankees fans.

Less than two hours after Derek Jeter homered at the Stadium, Captain Derek was running in Sunday's seventh race at Monmouth Park.

Even better, he was the No. 2 horse.

How could he lose?

Perhaps pinstriped money was partly responsible for Captain Derek's odds dropping to 8-1 from a morning line of 12-1.

Well, sometimes following your intuition doesn't pay.

Unlike the 39-year-old shortstop, the 3-year-old gelding didn't distinguish himself.

After Jeter went deep in his first game back from a stint on the disabled list, Captain Derek went nowhere, finishing sixth of eight, nine lengths behind, dropping the son of Brother Derek to 1-for-13 lifetime.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

@NewsdaySports

Follow Newsday Sports on Twitter at @NewsdaySports

advertisement | advertise on newsday