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Eclipse Award winner I’ll Have Another: Classic winner bolsters sire Flower Alley’s stock
By Patrick Reed
courtesy Three Chimneys Farm
I’ll Have Another’s rapid rise to national prominence last spring elevated the profile of his young sire, 2005 Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley, just as Three Chimneys Farm was dealing with the loss of their signature stallion Dynaformer, who passed away several days before the Kentucky Derby.
I’ll Have Another put his sire on the map when he won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. As so often happens in horse racing, fortunes can turn on a dime, and I’ll Have Another was abruptly retired the day before the Belmont Stakes with a tendon injury and was subsequently sold to Japan for stud duty by owner J. Paul Reddam. Still, his exploits along with those of several other accomplished performers such as Neck ‘n Neck reflected favorably on Flower Alley’s potential as a sire, and Three Chimneys set his fee at $20,000 for 2013. Flower Alley, whose first foals raced in 2010, had stood at $7,500 in 2012, but Three Chimneys raised his fee to $15,000 after I’ll Have Another won his classics.
With 204 foals of racing age in his first three crops, Flower Alley has sired eight stakes winners, including Grade 1 Ashland Stakes winner Lilacs and Lace and Grade 3 stakes winner Bouquet Booth. Neck ‘n Neck won the Grade 2 Indiana Derby last year as well as two Grade 3 races at Churchill.
As a racehorse, Flower Alley strung together several fine performances during his 3-year-old season and at his best showed a measure of stamina and competitiveness that I’ll Have Another emulated in his stretch runs at Churchill and Pimlico. In the spring of 2005, Flower Alley emerged as a Triple Crown contender with a win in the 1 1/8-mile Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway, but then finished ninth in Giacomo’s upset Kentucky Derby. Following a game runner-up effort to Roman Ruler in the Dwyer Stakes, Flower Alley put it all together in back-top-back races, romping in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga and then defeating Bellamy Road by 2 1/2 lengths in the Travers. Flower Alley raced six more times after that career peak, winning the 2006 Salvator Mile, but he arguably produced his second-best career performance in the fall 2005 Breeders’ Cup Classic when second to Saint Liam.
I’ll Have Another is out of the winning Arch mare Arch’s Gal Edith, who has produced two other winning foals. His second dam, the Pleasant Tap mare Force Five Gal, was stakes-placed, and his third dam, Grade 3-placed Last Cause, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Roanoke. Last Cause is also a half-sister to stakes-placed One Last Bird, who is the third dam of both Into Mischief, a Grade 1 winner and the third-leading freshman sire in 2012, and 2012 champion juvenile filly Beholder.
I’ll Have Another’s fifth dam, multiple stakes winner Patelin, produced 12 winners and three stakes winners, including California Oaks winner Northern Meteor, who is the dam of 1980s-era Grade 1 winners A Phenomenon and Seattle Meteor.
Other members of this extended female family include 1991 champion juvenile filly Pleasant Stage, Grade 1 winner and sire Changeintheweather, $2 million-earner and multiple Grade 1 winner Marsh Side, Grade 3 winner and stakes producer Middle Stage, and Grade 3 winner and leading Argentine sire Incurable Optimist.
To read more about I'll Have Another's Eclipse Award-winning season, click here.
Wow! What a great horse I'll Have Another is. He's fun to watch. He's exciting, He's tenacious. He has a will to win bigger than the state of Texas. I'll Have Another reinvigorated racing this year and brought in an amazing amount of fans to the sport, many of whom have never been interested in horse racing a day in their lives. His story mirrors that of great champion Sunday Silence, almost eerily so. Following eye-popping victories in four straight stakes races in 2012 including a sizzling Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, he was shipped to Japan for breeding purposes, just as Sunday Silence was. Sunday Silence became a breeding legend in Japan. I hope I'll Have Another has outstanding success in his breeding efforts just as Sunday Silence did. And, in say 20 years or so, when he has fulfilled his breeding duties, I hope I'll Have Another returns home to the United States, to the welcoming fanfare of his fans where we can all visit him and bring him treats. It's been an honor to watch IHA race. Heart and tenacity like his doesn't come along often. And horses with his intelligence, professionalism, rating ability and wicked kick in the stretch or jetting out of the gate doesn't come along very often, either. He could win on the front end of the race, he could win by rating close up, just off of the leader back in the pack. He could win on dirt. He could win on polytrack. He could win off a blistering pace. He could beat you coming off a much slower pace. He's won at a short distance. And he could put on a clinic winning at distances at a mile or more. Classic race distances, the Gold Standard. I'll Have Another was the very definition of the word "versatility". I'll Have Another deserves every award and every accolade he has ever racked up and won, and many, many more besides. Yes, indeed. He's quite a horse!