Roytz: I’ll Have Another to have a ‘great life’ in Japan
Since the announcement that I’ll Have Another has been sold to Big Red Farm in Japan, Three Chimneys, who stands I’ll Have Another’s sire, Flower Alley, has been fielding questions regarding the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner’s future.
Specifically, some fans expressed concerns in light of the fact that 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand stood in Japan and wound up being slaughtered. On Jockey World Radio, Frankie Lavato interviewed Three Chimneys Marketing and Communications Director Jen Roytz, who addressed those concerns. She clarified that when Ferdinand was sent to slaughter, he was no longer at the stud farm. He had been sent to a riding stable. Roytz said the whole experience was “very sobering” for farms in Japan, and many changes came about as a result.
“The farm that I’ll Have Another is going to is a fantastic farm over there,” said Roytz. “They actually stand a horse that I used to ride when he was a racehorse called Roses In May, who’s a Dubai World Cup winner. He’s over there, and he’s taken care of fantastically, treated like royalty. So I’ll Have Another’s gonna have a great life over there.”
Roytz said Three Chimneys, who maintains a presence in Japan, will be keeping tabs on I’ll Have Another, paying him visits and sending out periodic updates on how he’s doing.
Click here to listen to the interview on Jockey World Radio.