Though he was bred in Kentucky, I'll Have Another carried the banner for California's racing program during the 2011 Triple Crown season, basing himself on the west coast during a campaign that resulted in Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories.
The Flower Alley horse will once again carry the banner for the state in the coming weeks, this time as a member of its stallion roster at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., after beginning his stud career at Big Red Farm in Japan. A piece by Thoroughbred Racing Commentary outlines I'll Have Another's road to Japan and back as he prepares for the 2019 breeding season.
Though he sired winners on both dirt and turf, I'll Have Another failed to get a stakes winner from his first three Japanese crops. Big Red Farm, which purchased I'll Have Another for $10 million at the end of his racing career, reached out Ballena Vista last September, and an agreement was reached the following month.
Miguel “Mike” Jimenez, Ballena Vista's farm manager, theorized that I'll Have Another might not have meshed well with the Sunday Silence line that has become dominant in Japan. The North American breeding program's leanings toward speed and dirt racing, he said, might play better to his strengths.
Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.
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