I'll Have Another, a U.S. champion and dual classic winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is returning to the United States, relocating to Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., for the 2019 breeding season after standing his first six seasons in Japan.
After winning the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, I'll Have Another was found to have tendonitis the day before the Belmont Stakes and, as the odds-on morning line favorite, was withdrawn and immediately retired. He was purchased for $10 million and stood at Big Red Farm becoming the second-leading first-crop sire in Japan.
I'll Have Another has sired three crops of racing age in Japan, with 118 winners and combined progeny earnings of $11,328,603. His runners are led by the Japanese group-placed Win Gerbera and Sigrun, as well as stakes-placed Hypernova.
I'll Have Another retired with a record of five wins and a second in seven career starts, with earnings of $2,693,600. His victories included the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Santa Anita Derby, all Grade 1 races. Undefeated at three, he was the Eclipse champion 3-year-old of 2012. He broke his maiden as a juvenile at Hollywood Park, then ran second to Creative Cause in the G1 Best Pal Stakes.
“I truly consider bringing champion I'll Have Another back to the states as one of the most satisfying and one of the best things I've ever done in the Thoroughbred industry,” said Ballena Vista Farm owner Donald Cohn. “He is a magnificent specimen and a true champion racehorse; the likes of what we in California have never had the opportunity to stand.”
“I'll Have Another was an absolute beast,” said trainer Doug O'Neill. “His competitive nature, his high energy and tremendous stride helped him win two classics and a championship.”
I'll Have Another will stand for the introductory fee of $6,000 live foal as the property of Ballena Vista Farm.
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