Saturday, May 5, 2012


I'll Have Another wins 138th Kentucky Derby
Purchased for just $11k originally, I'll Have Another made his Canadian Connections proud today at Churchill Downs, winning the 138th Edition of the historic Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old Colt is owned by Windsor, Ontario's Paul Reddam and was ridden by former-Vancouver Jockey, Mario Gutierrez.  Coincidentally, Gutierrez is of Mexican descent, celebrating Cinco de Mayo today with a Victory in the Race, which traditionally is run on the first Saturday of May.  Prior to winning today's Race, I'll Have Another came off another winning race in important Prep, the Santa Anita Derby in April.  Today's Payday was worth $1.45 million for Reddam and the Colt had a few Celebrities supporting him including Smash's Meg Hilty and Actor/Singer Jack Black.

Trained by Doug O'Neill, I'll Have Another was overlooked in the betting being sent-off at 15-1 Odds, paying a generous $32.60 on a $2.00 bet.  Placing second was Pacesetter Bodemeister, trained by Bob Baffert who just two months ago had suffered a Heart Attack in Dubai.  After leading for most of the Race, that Colt who is named after Baffert's seven-year-old Son Bodie, was caught only late, losing by one-and-a-half-lengths as the Race Favourite at 4-1 Odds.  Finishing third was Dullahan in a late surge. 

Highly-regarded Union Rags had a troubled trip, managing to finish only seventh, while last year's two-year-old Champion Colt Hansen finished ninth after sweating profusely pre-race, looking visibly uncomfortable.  Prospective who began his Career in Toronto at Woodbine Racetrack was a well-beaten 18th.

Watch the 138th Edition of The Kentucky Derby below:

(Photo credit: Associated Press | Video credit: Kentucky Derby)