INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 7, 2012)—Fans had an opportunity to say goodbye to Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another between races Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
After the third race was official, the on-track patrons were able to relive the Flower Alley colt’s dramatic victories in the first two jewels of the Triple Crown before the chestnut exited the paddock and made his way to the track.
Owned by J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill, I’ll Have Another – with jockey Mario Gutierrez, who went 4-for-4 aboard the Kentucky bred, again in the saddle – paraded in front of the grandstand to much applause and was greeted by a number of signs from appreciative fans.
Out of the Arch mare Arch’s Gal Edith, I’ll Have Another posed for some pictures in the winner’s circle before heading back to the O’Neill stable.
A winner of five of seven starts and earnings of $2,693,600, I’ll Have Another, who earned his first win over Cushion Track in his debut July 3, 2011, was stabled locally throughout his career.
Retired due to tendinitis June 8 – the day before the Belmont Stakes – I’ll Have Another was sold last month to Japanese interests. He will be a stallion in the next phase of his career at owner Shigeyuki Okada’s Big Red Farm on the island of Hokkaido.
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