07/13/2012 2:02PM

I’ll Have Another may have California-breds in first crop

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I’ll Have Another is bound for stud duty in Japan next year, and it is possible that some foals from his first crop in 2014 will be California-breds.

Owner Paul Reddam, who campaigned I’ll Have Another to wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, said earlier this week that he has not ruled out acquiring broodmares bred to the stallion and sending them back to the United States.

While he emphasized that the plan is only in the discussion stages, Reddam said he was enthusiastic about the potential of racing the first crop by I’ll Have Another.

“I thought I might buy some mares that are in foal to him and bring them back,” he said.

Reddam said such a plan would require the advice of bloodstock advisers who can find mares bred to I’ll Have Another who would be suitable to stallions in California, specifically the Reddam-owned Square Eddie, who stands at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, Calif.

“I think it would be interesting to try,” Reddam said. “You’d have to have the right pedigrees.”

Square Eddie, who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in 2008, stands for $5,000 at Vessels. Square Eddie, whose oldest foals are yearlings this year, is by Smart Strike and won 3 of 15 starts and $854,76.

Any Japanese-based mares who are shipped to California would not arrive in the state until the autumn of 2013, well after they are pronounced in foal, Reddam said.

I’ll Have Another was sold for $10 million to Big Red Farm of Japan last month. Reddam said earlier this week that offers from Japan far exceeded the value of offers from Kentucky-based farms.

I’ll Have Another won 5 of 7 starts and $2,693,600. Purchased for $35,000 as a 2-year-old in-training, I’ll Have Another was unbeaten in four starts this year – the Robert Lewis Stakes in February, the Santa Anita Derby in April and the first two legs of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

I’ll Have Another was retired on June 8, the day before an expected start in the Belmont Stakes, after he was diagnosed with a tear in a tendon.

*The inaugural Del Mar Paddock Sale of horses of racing age on July 22 has a catalog of 44 prospects, ranging in ages from unraced 2-year-olds to the 6-year-old Soul Warrior, who won the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby in 2009.

The sale will be held after the final race on the first Sunday of the meeting, and is designed by organizers as a chance for owners to purchase horses who can race at Del Mar. The Del Mar meeting runs from Wednesday through Sept. 5.

Two of the entrants were graded stakes-placed during the Betfair Hollywood Park meeting.

Mega Dream was second in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes on turf on July 7. A 5-year-old mare by Medgalia d’Oro, Mega Dream won the minor Great Lady M Stakes for turf sprinters in May.

Zafeen’s Pearl, a 5-year-old British-bred mare by Zafeen, was third in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 16 in her U.S. debut. She was a three-time winner of minor races in England.

Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
Well, now the people who were whining about not having any progeny from IHA in the states can stop complaining now. I, for one, would be quite excited if Reddam decided to go through with this. I would imagine that a lot of the mares bred to IHA would be Sunday Silence mares. Imagine a Sunday Silence/IHA baby racing in the states? That would be a stamina deluxe!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to seeing little I'll Have Another's racing in the States very soon, as it should have been all along. Who cares where what state the horse was bred from - if these horses become fabulous champions just like their father, everyone will DISREGARD what state in which they were bred and jump on the winning bandwagon. If Mr. Reddam can do this, maybe others will be able to do it too, people who breed horses from states 'horse snobs' will approve of, after all success does not recognize state borders, or even international borders. Great champion horses are not only born in the United States. Anything is possible. If it weren't, we would not now be currently enjoying owning and using personal computers, android cell phones, televisions, automobiles and airplanes. All of those things were once considered impossible pipedreams, if not downright stupidity, to even be contemplating, and today they are all commonplace items and taken for granted. And it would be sweet, poetic justice if one of I'll Have Another's progeny actually won the Triple Crown one day. I look forward to that possibility coming to fruition and so do other I'll Have Another fans. Have lots of fun breeding all of those champion horses all around the world, I'll Have Another, and fabulous success to you, my boy!!
Frank More than 1 year ago
Cal breds -- hahahahahahahahaha! Thats what happens when you blow up / dope up a horse for a series of races.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'll Have Another was not doped. He passed every test with flying colors in every race he was in, and the the supposed results posted in a story in the New York Times has already been by challenged by vets in several very respectful horseracing journalistic sources, and the person who wrote it is suddenly unavailable for comment. Below is the link for you to check out for yourselves. It helps to know others are debunking what was written for whatever agenda that reporter was reporting and why. Here is the link for your convenience. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/71178/ill-have-anothers-treatment-routine-care