Updated on 06/26/2012 12:49PM

I’ll Have Another sold for stud duty in Japan

Barbara D. Livingston
I'll Have Another has been sold for stallion duty in Japan.

I’ll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes last month, is bound for stud duty in Japan.

Owner Paul Reddam said Friday that a deal has been reached with Shigeyuki Okada’s Big Red Farm on the island of Hokkaido to stand I’ll Have Another beginning with the 2013 breeding season. Financial terms were confidential, Reddam said.

I’ll Have Another is currently based at trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable at Betfair Hollywood Park.

I’ll Have Another was retired June 8 because of a tendon injury. He was scheduled to start the following day as a heavy favorite in the Belmont Stakes in an attempt to sweep the Triple Crown. He ended his career with 5 wins in 7 starts and earnings of $2,693,600.

In recent weeks, Reddam held conversations with stud farm owners in the United States and abroad. He said the Japan offer was far superior.

“It was in the range we were looking for,” he said. “Kentucky wasn’t anywhere close to where the Japanese were.

“Any rational person would have gone to the Big Red [offer] versus the Kentucky, even though we won’t get to breed to the horse because he will be so far away.

“It’s kind of sad. I would have liked to have had a lot of I’ll Have Anothers.”

I’ll Have Another had a perfect record this year with four wins, all in stakes, including the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes in February and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in April.

I’ll Have Another is tentatively scheduled to leave for Japan in August, after completing quarantine requirements, Reddam said. There have been discussions with Hollywood Park officials about parading I’ll Have Another on a race day before the conclusion of the summer meeting July 15.

Purchased for $35,000 as a 2-year-old in training, I’ll Have Another is by Flower Alley, winner of the 2005 Travers Stakes. I’ll Have Another is the first stakes winner out of Arch’s Gal Edith, a 10-year-old mare by Arch.

“The Japanese have been big fans of Flower Alley really throughout his career,” said Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys Farm, where I’ll Have Another’s sire, Flower Alley, stands. “In the last two years, Japanese breeders have been buying some very nice mares from America, and I’m guessing that he’ll get some very good mares. I think he’ll fit in quite nicely there.”

Big Red Farm has a history of acquiring stallions with Western racing careers. The farm stands Roses In May, a multiple stakes winner in the United States who won the 2005 Dubai World Cup; and Conduit, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2008 and 2009. Conduit won the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding turf male of 2008.

I’ll Have Another follows Sunday Silence and Empire Maker as outstanding American 3-year-olds to stand at stud in Japan.

Sunday Silence, the 1989 Horse of the Year, stood his entire career in Japan. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1989. Empire Maker, runner-up in the 2003 Kentucky Derby and winner of the Belmont Stakes, began his stud career in Kentucky and was sold to Japanese interests in 2010.

– additional reporting by Glenye Cain Oakford