UPDATE 6/8/12: I’ll Have Another is out of the Belmont Stakes because of a leg injury.
I’ll Have Another has already made history as only the 23rd horse to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness to be on track earn the chance at the Triple Crown (when a horse wins the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes). A horse hasn’t won the Triple Crown for 34 years, so I’ll Have Another has brought the spotlight to the Belmont Stakes this Saturday as he tries to make history.
I’ll Have Another was born on April 1 2009 to a bay mare named Arch’s Gal Edith. The chestnust colt’s father is a Travers Stakes winner named Flower Alley. Flower Alley also sired 2003 Derby and Preakness champion Funny Cide.
The Keeneland horse auction is the largest and most prestigious thoroughbred auctions in the world and many famous race horses are bought through these auctions (they are called Keeneland graduates:) ) Horses like Spectacular Bid, A.P. Indy, Winning Colors, Sunday Silence, and War Emblem. So horse trainer Victor M Davila bought “I’ll Have Another” at the Keeneland yearling auction for $11,000. Davila then trained him to race and sold him as a two-year-old to J. Paul Reddam for $35,000. Some horses at Keeneland will sell for 6 and 7 figures … so to see I’ll Have Another go so cheap and become such a winner is a cool rarity.
It was then Reddam who gave the horse the name I’ll Have Another which was inspired by his reply when his wife would ask him if he wanted more of her fresh-baked cookies.
In July 2011 I’ll Have Another won his debut race before placing second and then sixth in the last two races of his two-year-old season. 2012 started with a win for the three-year-old in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. I’ll Have Another also took first at the hugely popular Santa Anita Derby to qualify for and then begin preparing for the Kentucky Derby.
I’ll Have Another started the Kentucky Derby at 15/1 odds and was ridden by Mario Gutierrez – a 25-year-old jockey riding in his first Triple Crown race. Gutierrez and I’ll Have Another came away with the win by one and a half lengths ahead of Bodemeister. The Preakness was not so easy with the duo closing on Bodemeister and again beating him this time by a neck.
If I’ll Have Another wins the Belmont Stakes he will be the champion fans have waited 34 years for and he will be one of the biggest stars in the world and will be talked about in every office in the country on Monday (only the 12th horse to do it since Sir Barton won the Triple Crown in 1919). Win or lose it will be about 2 minutes and 30 seconds of intense, heart-pumping action.
For more photos of I’ll Have Another check out Newscom.
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