Actor Jerry O’Connell

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 18, 2004

I read that actor Jerry O’Connell of Crossing Jordan went to the Kentucky Derby this year. Is he a big horse-racing fan?

—Cindy M., Oklahoma

The May race was his fifth Run for the Roses. The 30-year-old New York native says the Kentucky Derby is “right up there with the Super Bowl and the World Series. Louisville knows how to do it up big.” He also attends the Breeder’s Cup and the Belmont Stakes. And he bets “a substantial amount of money, but it’s not how much you bet, it’s how much you walk away with.” Chances are he blew his winnings on shoes. “I don’t go for Gucci,” he says. “I’ll spend thousands of dollars on sneakers.”