I’ll Have Another Returning to U.S.

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I’ll Have Another in his paddock in 2016 | Horsephotos

I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley–Arch’s Gal Edith, by Arch), who won the 2012 GI Kentucky Derby (see below) and GI Preakness S. only to be scratched from a shot at the Triple Crown, will return from Japan and will stand the 2019 breeding season at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, California. He will command a fee of $6,000 live foal as the property of the farm.

Trained by Doug O’Neill for owner Paul Reddam, the $11,000 Keeneland September yearling and $35,000 OBS April juvenile posted wins in five of his seven career appearances, including a narrow defeat of Creative Cause (Giant’s Causeway) in the GI Santa Anita Derby for his first top-level success. The chestnut came from off the pace to reel in Bodemeister (Empire Maker) in the Derby and repeated the feat at Old Hilltop to score by a neck. He was diagnosed with tendinitis the morning of the Belmont and was immediately retired. He bankrolled $2,693,600 and was the Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old of his generation.

“I’ll Have Another was an absolute beast; his competitive nature, his high energy and tremendous stride helped him win two classics and a championship,” O’Neill said.

Purchased to stand at Big Red Farm on the island of Hokkaido, I’ll Have Another has sired 119 winners to date, including the Group 3-placed runners Win Gerbera (Jpn) and Sigrun (Jpn).

“I truly consider bringing champion I’ll Have Another back to the states as one of the most satisfying and one of the best things I’ve ever done in the thoroughbred industry,” said Ballena Vista owner Donald Cohn. “He is a magnificent specimen and a true champion racehorse, the likes of which we in California have never had the opportunity to stand.”

 

WATCH: I’ll Have Another winning the 2012 GI Kentucky Derby

 

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