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Kentucky Derby Winner I'll Have Another To Japan Stud
US owner J. Paul Reddam announced this year's Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Preakness Stakes-winning 3YO colt I'll Have Another (Flower Alley-Arch's Gal Edith, by Arch) "will enter stud at Big Red Farm in Japan" for the 2013 breeding season, reported bloodhorse.com. Reddam (who bought I'll Have Another through agent Dennis O'Neill for US$35,000 as a 2YO-In-Training at the 2011 Ocala Breeders April Sale) noted: "I am sad that he is not going to stand in America. I would have loved to have bred to him. It seems to me that if the goal in American racing is to win the Kentucky Derby, you should breed to horses that have enough stamina & are game enough to win the Derby; but I guess I'm in the minority. The estimates of his value (in the US) were so different from Japan that any rational human being, as much as they wanted the horse to stand here & breed mares, would have to take the Japanese deal." Reddam added the Japanese "like horses that run 10 furlongs, while Americans like speed". Overall I'll Have Another (originally a US$11,000 yearling at the 2010 Keeneland September Sale) recorded 5 wins (including both May's Gr1 Kentucky Derby over 10 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Gr1 Preakness Stakes over 9.5 furlongs at Pimlico, plus 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. Shigeyuki Okada's Big Red Farm in Niikkap on the Japanese island of Hokkaido also stands US-bred stallion Roses In May along with 11 other stallions, including 2009 US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Conduit & Japanese champion Agnes Digital.