Horse racing fans from all over the world tuned in on Saturday to the 137th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore Maryland to see if I’ll Have Another would win another and make his way even closer to that famed Triple Crown. He did! I’ll Have Another may be extremely close to making history, but who is this virtually unknown horse that came out of nowhere to capture our hearts and spirit?
Named after his owner’s love for chocolate chip cookies, I’ll Have Another is a chestnut colt that has taken the world by storm in just a few weeks! Foaled on April Fools day in 2009, I’ll Have Another was born and bred in Kentucky and sold for a humble $11,000 at the Keeneland Yearling Sale. From there he was broken and sold to his current owner, Canadian businessman J.Paul Reddam and history was on it’s way.
I’ll Have Another entered the Kentucky Derby with a few notable wins under his belt including the Santa Anita Derby and with a very famous horse as his lead pony, Lava Man! With 15:1 odds he seemed like a middle of the road runner for the Kentucky Derby, until in the last turn he sprinted in front of Bodemeister to enter that famed winner’s circle!
Despite his strong Kentucky Derby performance, I’ll Have Another still went into the Preakness as the second favorite behind Bodemeister. It wasn’t long though before the world saw that I’ll Have Another wasn’t just a one trick pony. With a performance that resembled the Kentucky Derby nearly stride for stride, I’ll Have Another pushed past Bodemeister at the last stretch to win the Preakness by a neck!
I’ll Have Another has joined the ranks of Big Brown, Smarty Jones and Funny Cide to be just one race away from making Triple Crown history! We haven’t seen a winner in over thirty years win all three stakes races, will this be the year? In just a few weeks the eyes of the world will descend on The Belmont to see if I’ll Have Another has just one more in him. This race known for its difficulty will surely put him to the test, we’ll all just have to wait and see! Even if we don’t have a Triple Crown winner this year, you can still bring one into your stable with Golden Oak Stables. We’ll all be crossing our fingers for that one last win though!