I'll Have Another to start stud career in Japan

June 22, 2012 

Belmont Stakes Horse Racing

Groom Incencio Diaz, left, and stable foreman Benjamin Perez led I'll Have Another into the winner's circle at Belmont Park for his retirement ceremony.


I'll Have Another won't be having any in the United States.

The winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes will begin his career as a stud in Japan, the Daily Racing Form reported on Friday.

The announcement came just two weeks after I'll Have Another's racing career ended on the eve of what was to be his highly anticipated attempt to win the sport's 12th Triple Crown. I'll Have Another was scratched the morning before the Belmont Stakes because of tendinitis in his left front leg and was retired later the same day.

Owner Paul Reddam told the Daily Racing Form on Friday that a deal has been reached with Shigeyuki Okada's Big Red Farm on the island of Hokkaido to stand I'll Have Another beginning with the 2013 breeding season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

I'll Have Another, who has been residing at Hollywood Park in California since the Belmont, is scheduled to ship to Japan in August.

Reddam told the Daily Racing Form that he talked with stud farm owners in the United States and abroad before accepting Big Red Farm's offer.

"It was in the range we were looking for," he said. "Kentucky wasn't anywhere close to where the Japanese were.

"Any rational person would have been gone to the Big Red (offer) versus the Kentucky, even though we won't get to breed to the horse because he will be so far away.

"It's kind of sad. I would have liked to have had a lot of I'll Have Anothers."

I'll Have Another made just seven career starts, winning five and earning $2,693,600 for trainer Doug O'Neill.

I'll Have Another's Derby and Preakness victories were his third and fourth in as many starts this year. His pedigree indicated the Belmont's marathon 11/2-mile distance would not be an issue. He was made the morning-line favorite for the third leg of the Triple Crown, which has not been won since 1978.

According to its Web site, this is not the first time Big Red Farm has brought in stallions from overseas. The farm, which was founded in 1974, boasts a stallion lineup that includes Kentucky Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup winner Roses In May and Breeders' Cup Turf champion Conduit.

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