I'll Have Another

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I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another and Lava Man at 2012 Preakness Stakes 2.jpg
I'll Have Another (left) and Lava Man at the 2012 Preakness Stakes.
Sire Flower Alley
Grandsire Distorted Humor
Dam Arch's Gal Edith
Damsire Arch
Sex Stallion
Foaled April 1, 2009
Country United States[1]
Color Chestnut
Breeder Harvey Clarke
Owner J. Paul Reddam
Trainer Douglas F. O'Neill
Jockey Mario Gutierrez
Record 7:5-1-0
Earnings US$ 2,693,600
Major wins

Santa Anita Derby (2012)
Robert B. Lewis Stakes (2012)

Triple Crown Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (2012)
Preakness Stakes (2012)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse

I'll Have Another (foaled April 1, 2009) is a North American Thoroughbred race horse, bred in Kentucky, owned by Canadian businessman J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O'Neill.[2] In May 2012, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown by taking the Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:01.83.[3] and the Preakness Stakes in 1:55.94. On the day before the Belmont Stakes, he was scratched due to tendonitis, ending his chances of winning the Triple Crown, and retired from racing.


I'll Have Another is a chestnut horse sired by the Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley. Flower Alley's sire, Distorted Humor, was also the sire of 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. In September 2010, as a yearling, I'll Have Another was sent to the Keeneland sales where he was bought for $11,000 by Victor M. Davila.[4] Davila, an exercise rider, broke and trained the colt before selling him as a two-year-old to J. Paul Reddam for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeder's sale.[5] According to Reddam, the colt's name is inspired by his reply when his wife asks if he wants more of her fresh-baked cookies: "I'll Have Another."[6]

Racing career[edit]

2011: two-year-old season[edit]

After winning on his racecourse debut in July 2011, I'll Have Another finished second to Creative Cause in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar in August.[7][8] He ran sixth of the ten runners behind Currency Swap in the Grade I Hopeful Stakes on a sloppy track at Saratoga.[9]

I'll Have Another (#19) crosses the finish line at the 2012 Kentucky Derby ahead of Bodemeister (far left)

2012: three-year-old season[edit]

I'll Have Another began his three-year-old season by winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on February 4, as a 43/1 outsider.[10] In April, he won the Santa Anita Derby, staying on gamely[11] to beat the favorite Creative Cause by a nose.

I'll Have Another's lead pony in the Kentucky Derby post parade on May 5, 2012 was the retired gelding Lava Man, whom Doug O'Neill had trained previously. As of Derby Day 2012, Lava Man was the 27th-leading Thoroughbred money earner of all time, having won $5,268,706 in his racing career. Lava Man had also accompanied I'll Have Another to the post for his win in the Santa Anita Derby, the colt's final Kentucky Derby prep.[12] Lava Man led I'll Have Another to the post again at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 2012 for the Preakness Stakes.

Triple Crown races[edit]

In the Kentucky Derby on May 5, I'll Have Another started at odds of 15–1 in what was considered an unusually strong field.[13] In front of a record crowd of 165,307,[14] I'll Have Another produced a strong finish to catch the front-running Bodemeister in the closing stages and win by one and a half lengths in a final time of 2:01.83 for 1 1/4 miles.[15] He is the first horse in the history of the Kentucky Derby to have won from post position 19.[2][16] It was the Derby debut for his 25-year-old jockey Mario Gutierrez, who had not previously ridden in any of the Triple Crown races.[2][17] After the race, Gutierrez described I'll Have Another as "an amazing horse", and said that "from the first time I met him, I knew he was the one".[18]

In the Preakness Stakes on May 19, I'll Have Another was sent off at odds of 3–1 with Bodemeister starting favorite at 8–5. Gutierrez settled the colt in fourth place as Bodemeister set the pace from Creative Cause. On the turn into the straight, I'll Have Another passed Creative Cause to move into second place, and caught Bodemeister in the final strides to win by a neck, finishing the 1 3/16-mile race in a final time of 1:55.94.[19]

Injury and retirement[edit]

I'll Have Another was drawn to run from the eleventh post position of the twelve runners, meaning that he would start on the outside of the field.[20] On the Friday before the Belmont Stakes was to run, trainer Doug O'Neill indicated that the horse was officially out of the race due to a tendon injury, ending his hopes of a Triple Crown.[21] At a news conference, the track veterinarian described the injury as slow-healing, requiring up to three to six months for recovery, and if the horse had raced, the risk of a bowed tendon would be very high.[22] Thus, trainer O'Neill announced that he and Reddam decided to retire the horse from racing.[23] He became the third horse, after Burgoo King in 1932 and Bold Venture in 1936, to be scratched from the Belmont Stakes after having won the first two legs of the Triple Crown.[22]

On July 11 the New York Times carried a report on the veterinary records of I'll Have Another, which O'Neill had been required to submit to the New York racing authorities. The records showed that the colt had been suffering from osteoarthritis. Three veterinarians interviewed by The Blood-Horse magazine, stated that the medications used were phenylbutazone, dexamethazone and polyglycan, a glucosamine-based medication, all of which were routine and appropriate.[24]

Stud career[edit]

On June 23, 2012, it was announced that I'll Have Another had been sold with the intent that he would be exported to stand at stud at the Big Red Farm, located in Hokkaido, Japan, for the 2013 breeding season.[25] J. Paul Reddam stated on June 9 that Big Red Farm paid $10 million for I'll Have Another after he received only two offers from American breeding farms:one for $3 million, the other $2.5 million. Reddam thought I'll Have Another stood a better chance of success at stud in Japan, where he would receive higher-quality books of mares than he would have attracted in the U.S. Reddam added that he would like to someday reacquire I'll Have Another, if possible.[26] In 2013, his first season in Japan, I'll Have Another covered 152 mares, about 80 percent of whom became pregnant. He commanded stud fees of 3.2 million yen, or about $31,000.[27]


Pedigree of I'll Have Another, Chestnut colt, 2009[28]
Flower Alley
B. 2002
Distorted Humor
Forty Niner
Mr. Prospector* 1970
File 1976
Danzigs Beauty
Danzig* 1977
Sweetest Chant 1978
Princess Olivia
Mr. Prospector* 1970
Lypatia 1975
Dance Image
Sadler's Wells 1981
Diamond Spring 1977
Arch's Gal Edith
Ch. 2002
Kris S.
Roberto 1969
Sharp Queen 1965
Danzig* 1977
Althea 1981
Force Five Gal
Pleasant Tap
Pleasant Colony 1978
Never Knock 1979
Last Cause
Caucasus 1972
Last Bird 1973 (Family 23-b[29])
  • I'll Have Another is linebred 4 × 4 to Mr. Prospector and Danzig, meaning that both these stallions appear twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


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