‘ANOTHER’ GREAT DERBY – tho’ 101 Beyer Speed Figure below par
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (second from right) ON HIS WAY to Derby glory
Cindy Pierson Dulay at www.horse-races.net
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (the name is in reference to an after-dinner cookie) won the Kentucky Derby in the final strides of what was a pretty good race.
*One was left wondering after the finish what happened to all the closers, since the likes of UNION RAGS,ALPHA, GEMOLOGIST, DADDY NOSE BEST, etc, etc., barely got a call during the 2:01 and change.
*One was also left wondering had BODEMEISTER, the brilliant Empire Maker colt, colt a wee bit slower on the pace, would he have won by 5 lengths?
*Or one can wonder about why Euro-types bring nice horses like DADDY LONG LEGS to races like the Derby – this guy was overheated and wobbly as he hit the wire. They were boasting about their colt before the race and full of excuses later.
But the sleek chestnut colt, I’LL HAVE ANOTHER, with a Canadian born owner, a Canadian-based jockey, a Canadian pedigree and even a Canadian-born chiropractor, was the best horse on Saturday.
It was fun to watch an emotional MARIO GUTIERREZ on his way to the winner’s circle, tearful, heck, it was his first Derby ride, he’s 25 years-old and he won it like a pro.
THOROUGHBLOG has covered I’LL HAVE ANOTHER extensively during the past few weeks since his Santa Anita Derby win. His Canadian connections aside, the colt has come along nicely for trainer Doug O’Neil.
O’Neil, not one of racing’s favourites to be sure (many spats with Paulick Report and other media based on his litany of suspensions) did, however, give a portion of the colt to his brother Dennis, who picked the son of Flower Alley out for just $35,000 at auction as a 2yo.
The colt had originally been an $11,000 yearling purchase by VICTOR DAVILA at the 2012 Keeneland Sept. sale from Brookdale Sales for Harvey Clarke.
Eisman Equine sold the colt as a 2yo.
J. PAUL REDDAM (mauve tie) celebrates his first Derby win. Cindy Pierson Dulay photo
I’ll Have Another
Breeder: Harvey Clarke
———————Dance Image (Ire)
I’ll Have Another
—––Arch’s Gal Edith
————–Force Five Gal
FLOWER ALLEY raced for Canadian Eugene Melnyk and the colt won the Travers Stakes. He stands at Three Chimneys as part of a syndicate for a $7,500 fee.
FORCE FIVE GAL, stakes placed at Fort Erie when trained by Jim Day, is an Ontario bred.
LAST CAUSE produced later foals for Chiefswood Farm
Inbreeding: Princequillo: 4S X 5D Dosage Profile: 1 7 14 5 1
Northern Dancer: 4S X 5D Dosage Index: 1.15
Never Bend: 5S X 5D Center of Distribution: +0.07
RACE RECORD for Arch’s Gal Edith: At 2, unraced; at 3, one win in 1 start.
PRODUCE RECORD for Arch’s Gal Edith:
2007 Those Wer the Days, g. by Thunder Gulch. 5 wins in 6 career starts, 3 to 5,
2012, $155,260. (SPR=96)
2008 When Willy Win, g. by Soto. 6 wins in 15 career starts at 3 and 4, 2012,
$70,476(USA) ($59,799, $10,420(CAN)). (SPR=77)
2009 I’LL HAVE ANOTHER, c. by Flower Alley. 4 wins in 6 career starts at 2 and
3, 2012, $2,093,600, 1st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands [G1]
(CD, $1,459,600), Santa Anita Derby [G1] (SA, $450,000), Robert B. Lewis
S. [G2] (SA, $120,000), 2nd Best Pal S. [G2] (DMR, $30,000). (SPR=96)
2010 Gloria S, f. by Tapit. Unraced.
2011 no report received.
2012 Bred to Midnight Lute.
CINCO DE MAYO!!
Mexican born MARIO GUTIERREZ, who rode at Hastings Park for 6 years, wins the Derby! Cindy Pierson Dulay photo
POST DERBY CHAT ITEMS:
THE MODERATOR: Really a first timer, Mario Gutierrez. First things first, where did you watch the Kentucky Derby a year ago today?
MARIO GUTIERREZ: I was in British Columbia at Vancouver, where I’ve been doing all my racing since 2006 pretty much. I watched it there. I saw Animal Kingdom win the Kentucky Derby that year.
THE MODERATOR: Did you have any dream at that point you would be riding in race a year from then?
MARIO GUTIERREZ: Like all jockeys, we all dream that one day fortunately I would be in the Kentucky Derby. At that time I was at Hastings Park and of course like a joke I had the dream, but I wasn’t thinking it was going to be the next year.
THE MODERATOR: Let’s talk about your experience in the race. You were in a great spot with I’ll Have Another throughout. Talk about how the race went, especially when Bodemeister spurted clear at the head of the stretch.
MARIO GUTIERREZ: He broke sharp, as he usually do. He’s such a professional horse. He’s a really calm horse. I know he was going to help me 100% through the first part. In the end, he just give 100% all the time. As soon as you ask him, he throws everything on the race, and he didn’t disappoint today.
THE MODERATOR: Did you feel you could catch Bodemeister?
MARIO GUTIERREZ: I know my horse was reaching every single step of the way, but I wasn’t going to stop riding until I was passing the wire. That is when the horse race is finished.
On Prospective’s outing trainer Mark Casse said jockey Luis Contreras blamed a stumbling incident early in the stretch run for the colt’s finish:
“We never had a shot. He clipped heels and almost went down about 10 jumps out of the gate. I didn’t see it live with the craziness, and then I went to talk to Luis (Contreras) and asked if he had any excuses. He said ‘Are you kidding me? I thought I was going down and lucky to stay on.’ It’s just disappointing to bring him along to such a big race and lose your chance right away.”
Casse, who has been in the Canadian newspapers virtually every day for many weeks, was once again front and centre in saturday’s GLOBE AND MAIL, soon after the same story was in the TORONTO SUN..a report on Casse’s opinion on what may happen in Ontario racing, how Canadian-bred horses are now a “liability” and how his business could drop:
WATCH THE DERBY AGAIN
BEEKER STREET HITS PLATE ROAD – 79 Beyer
Beeker Street, by M. Burns
Donver Stables’ homebred BEEKER STREET, named for a ‘party street’ in New York City, remained unbeaten with a win in the Queenston Stakes at Woodbine Saturday and is headed to the Plate Trial.
The dark bay son of Belong to Me – Carah Five, by You and I held on to beat Making Amends by a head in 1:23.23, only a 79 Beyer Figure.
The race was slow from start to finish, very slow early as the colt set a soft pace of 23 4/5 in a paceless race.
The closers did not have much chance and the fact that the 7th place finisher DEAD ON (70 beyer) was only beaten 4 lengths, tells you that it was just not a great event.
The closers will do better with more distance while Beeker Street will have to really strtech out his breeding.
Josie Carroll has a litany of 3yo’s headed to the Plate preps although none will be in next weekend’s Marine Stakes.
The Marine, at 1 1/16 miles will feature Plate hopefuls Prince Raphael and perhaps Strait of Dover against some American breds.
The fastest horses on Saturday’s Woodbine card were RUN TO THE BANK, who won for 420,000 claiming with an 82 Beyer and SWEET STARLET, who kept trainer JIm Ensom at 100% with her win fdor allowance with an 83 Beyer.
Speed horses dominated the Woodbine card.
ALL HAIL THE FORT!
FORT ERIE OPENS TODAY!
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