I'll Have Another wins Kentuck Derby
I'll Have Another wins Kentuck Derby

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Churchill Downs, Dirt, 2000m

5 May 2012

I’ll Have Another (USA) (Flower Alley) sat the trip in the 138th GI Kentucky Derby Saturday beneath jockey Mario Gutierrez, and came streaking down the Churchill Downs stretch to reel in the game-as-can-be pacesetter Bodemeister (USA) (Empire Maker). Dullahan (USA) (Even The Score) charged home for third.

Gutierrez settled his charge brilliantly in seventh after breaking from post 19 as Bodemeister whistled through fractions of :22.32 and :45.39 with Trinniberg (USA) (Teuflesberg) right on his heels. I’ll Have Another began to launch his bid on the turn for home, and came rolling off the bend four wide as Bodemeister kicked clear by three. Gutierrez kept plugging away right-handed and I’ll Have Another continued to respond, reeling in the pacesetter late to pull off the upset. “He broke sharp, as he usually does,” Gutierrez said. “He’s such a professional horse. I knew he was going to help me 100% through the first part. In the end, he just give 100% all the time. As soon as you ask him, he throws everything on the race, and he didn’t disappoint today.”

Owner J. Paul Reddam, whose white-and-purple colors have been carried to Breeders’ Cup victories by Red Rocks (IRE) (Galileo) and Wilko (USA) (Awesome Again), was surprisingly composed in the winner’s circle. “I don’t know how at this point anything could be bigger than the Kentucky Derby,” Reddam responded when asked to place the win in perspective with his other accomplishments as an owner. “If you hear of something, let me know.”

The one-time philosophy professor was asked by NBC’s Bob Costas to sum up his emotions and Reddam, without missing a beat, opted to paraphrase Ludwig Wittgenstein. “After all the philosophical problems have been solved, nothing will have been accomplished, so we decided to get into horse racing,” Reddam, president of the financial lending company CashCall, said on national television. “I’m kind of numb. This one is for the whole team: Doug, Dennis, and Mario, and to all those people behind the scenes.” What keeps Reddam going to stay involved in the Sport of Kings? “Well, horse racing is the most dangerous kind of addiction because it has intermittent reinforcements, right,” he replied. “Every once in a while something good happens, and that keeps you gambling or buying horses, what have you. I never really dreamed that I would be in a position to own racehorses, but I got very lucky in my life and it happened. I guess I’m still pretty lucky.” It’s on to Baltimore for the Derby winner. “We gave the horse only two preps this year,” Reddam offered. “Part of the idea was we knew we had a good horse, and we wanted to make sure he was fresh because the Triple Crown is a gamble and it looks like it paid off. We’ve only run three times this year, so Preakness, here we come.”

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News