Updated on 06/26/2012 1:49PM

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

elusivecat6 More than 1 year ago
I hope that I' ll have another does not end up becoming steaks or dog food
elusivecat6 More than 1 year ago
Big red farm will probably send I'll have another to slaughter once he is no longer needed as a stud
elusivecat6 More than 1 year ago
He will end up becoming horse meat .
Lisa Ruble More than 1 year ago
I'm really really sad sad. His hooves should be here in the Bluegrass. And it's really sad knowing what could happen to him. Paul Reddam should be ashamed. I will never see the kind of money that horse won, but then there are some things money can't buy. I love that horse. I think this will haunt Reddam.
april jason More than 1 year ago
they bought that horse for a small penny compared to what he did for them. im so sad! i feel bad for him . how could they sell him to japan ? who cares what they offered for him. all we can do is pray for him. i really hope he does well there. but even if he does we wont no about it. that bothers me to.
april jason More than 1 year ago
as if that horse didnt give them enofe money all ready. im sad. i was a fan of ill have another and would have liked to see his offspring. i hope he does well .
Mauricio Guerra More than 1 year ago
Good call to send IHA to Big Red Farm in Japan. Big Red Farm will have plenty of good mares for him and they have a great reputation as a stud farm worldwide. IHA I'll miss you it was great having you in my backyard at BHP. And all the winning$$ that you brought to my pockets.
anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe they don't deserve their reputation. I've looked at their Facebook and even though the farm is sort of pretty, it's a very odd place. Perhaps most breeding farms are odd. I think all the horses look miserable, including IHA, in contrast to what the happy comments say. They also don't know how to take good photos and videos, and how to lead horses.
Bonni Nicholson More than 1 year ago
What a disgrace. They sure do love their horses when they win, but they only care about the money! How can they be sure that this magnificent horse will come home when they are finished with him? They slaughter horses & that makes me sick! This is one of many reasons why this horse racing industry is not to be trusted. Horses do not come first, money does. These owners are just interested in the money. Ethics & loyalty mean nothing to this industry. May GOD be with him & keep him safe.
Connie Lawrence More than 1 year ago
I knew this horse was going to be shipped to Japan on the day of the Belmont. The owner said that he wasn't into the breeding aspect, only with the racing part. He should be ashamed of himself. IHA should have been sent to Kentucky where he belongs. That way his fans would be able to see him. Like someone else said he will end up like Ferdinand. Money should have not played out in this decision. I thought he was part of the family. I guess money is more important then family.
Xgirl More than 1 year ago
And I actually believed his owners were "ethical" people. Apparently, it doesn't exist in the horse racing industry anymore. Sad. We all know what happens to these horses when they outlive their "usefulness" in Japan. Table fare or dog food. Pathetic.