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Kentucky Derby Winner I'll Have Another Retired To Stud

Tuesday, 12th June 2012

Meanwhile much of the excitement for this year's Gr1 Belmont Stakes evaporated when J. Paul Reddam's 3YO colt & pre-race favourite I'll Have Another (Flower Alley-Arch's Gal Edith, by Arch) was scratched just 24 hours before the race in which he was aiming to become just the 12th Triple Crown Champion in history, having already won both May's Gr1 Kentucky Derby (10 furlongs) at Churchill Downs & Gr1 Preakness Stakes (9.5 furlongs) at Pimlico. Connections announced "swelling in his left front superficial tendon" had emerged Thursday, but went down after treatment, then returned after the colt galloped again on Friday morning. Trainer Doug O'Neill explained: "When he was cooling out, you could tell the swelling was back & at that point I didn't feel very good. I talked to Mr Reddam & immediately we got Dr Jim Hunt over here & he said it was the start of tendonitis in his left front tendon." Though the veterinarian indicated the colt "could return to training in 3-6 months", the decision was made to retire him. Overall I'll Have Another (originally a US$11,000 yearling at the 2010 Keeneland September Sale & subsequently a US$35,000 2YO at the 2011 Ocala Breeders April Sale) recorded 5 wins (also including April's Gr1 Santa Anita Derby over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita & February's Gr2 Robert Lewis Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Santa Anita) & a runner-up (in 2011's Gr2 Best Pal Stakes over 6.5 furlongs at Del Mar) from 7 starts for US$2,693,600 earnings.

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