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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 5 2012 138th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 1 REPLAY
Apr 7 2012 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park I 1 1/8 Miles 1 REPLAY
Feb 4 2012 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park II 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY

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Doug O'Neill

Trainer

Doug O'Neill began training in 1994 and has been a perennial leader on the southern California racing circuit. In 2012 he rose to the highest level of the sport by saddling I'll Have Another to win the 138th Kentucky Derby and he would also go on to capture the Preakness stakes but was retired before a run for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Prior to his success with I'll Have Another, Doug was recognized for his campaigning of the popular gelding Lava Man who he claimed for $50,000 and would go on to win over $5 million including grade 1 races on three different surfaces while capturing the hearts and interest of fans around the world. Lava Man is now the stable pony for Team O'Neill and escorted I'll Have Another to the post of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories. He has saddled the winners of three Breeders Cup races and trained three Eclipse champions. Other top stable stars include He's Had Enough, Goldencents, Know More, Handsome Mike, Stevie Wonderboy, Thor's Echo, Square Eddie, Maryfield, Great Hunter and Notional. He credits his brother Dennis, stable manager and bloodstock agent, for helping with his success.

Mario Gutierrez

Jockey

Mario Gutierrez has been the leading rider at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver Canada prior to moving his tack to Southern California. Trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Paul Reddam recognized Mario's talents and put him aboard a relatively unknown colt at the time, I'll Have Another for the R.B. Lewis Stakes resulting in a win and the rest is now history. The team captured the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby as well as the hearts of racing fans everywhere.  He is known as "Marvelous Mario" on the Canadian racing circuit.

J. Paul Reddam

Owner

Paul Reddam is the President of CashCall a financial lending company. He founded Ditech.com, a mortgage loan company in 1995 and sold it to GM in 1999. 2012 took the Reddam Racing Stable to the pinnacle of horse racing by capturing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes with I'll Have Another. An injury to the colt would prevent them from particiapting in a Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes. Paul has had major success in the thoroughbred industry prior to the exploits of I'll Have Another with such horses as Breeder's Cup champions Wilko and Red Rocks as well as G1 winner Square Eddie which he purchased in Europe before bringing them to the states. He was introduced to racing through the Standardbred industry in the early 1980's and still maintains and interest though the bulk of his stable consists now of thoroughbreds. Other top runners are Elloluv, Great Hunter, Cash Included and Swept Overboard. He maintains a breeding and racing operation in England and the states.

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Pedigree

I'll Have Another's pedigree is peppered with stamina influences, hinting that he could thrive with additional distance.

His sire, Travers winner Flower Alley, is a veteran of the 2005 Kentucky Derby trail. The winner of the Lane's End (now known as the Spiral), he finished second in the Arkansas Derby before checking in ninth in the Run for Roses. Flower Alley peaked later in the season, capturing the Jim Dandy and Travers and taking runner-up honors in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He added the Salvator Mile to his resume at four, and ultimately retired with more than $2.5 million in earnings from his record of 14-5-3-1.

By the Mr. Prospector-line stallion Distorted Humor, sire of 2003 Derby hero Funny Cide, Flower Alley registered two graded winners from his first crop. Both were fillies who contested last year's Kentucky Oaks. Lilacs and Lace, the 2011 Ashland winner, was 12th in the Oaks in what turned out to be her final career start. Bouquet Booth, victress of the 2010 Delta Downs Princess, checked in a creditable fifth in the Oaks. I'll Have Another, from his sire's second crop, is by far Flower Alley's best colt.

I'll Have Another is the third foal from Arch's Gal Edith, who won her only career start sprinting six furlongs at Belmont Park. Her first two foals are winning sprinter/milers.

Arch's Gal Edith is a daughter of Arch, winner of the Super Derby when it was still held over 1 1/4 miles, and a track record-setting victor of the 1 3/16-mile Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. But Arch also romped at seven furlongs earlier in his career, and he is passing on different aptitudes to his best progeny.

Arch's outstanding runners on dirt include champion Blame, who famously beat Zenyatta in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic; last year's Arkansas Derby hero Archarcharch, who suffered a career-ending injury in the Kentucky Derby; and multiple Grade 1-winning filly Pine Island. Arch's turf performers include Canadian Horse of the Year Arravale and Grade 1 scorer Prince Arch, both proven at 1 1/4 miles or beyond, as well as a pair of champion sprinters -- South Africa's Overarching and England's Les Arcs.

As a young broodmare sire, Arch is already responsible for Uncle Mo, the undefeated champion two-year-old male of 2010. Arch's oldest daughters are just 12 years old, so early indications are that there will be much more to come.

Arch's Gal Edith stands to inherit plenty of stamina from her dam, the Canadian stakes-placed turfer Force Five Gal, who placed at up to 1 1/2 miles. Force Five Gal is by Pleasant Tap, the champion older male of 1992. An unusually versatile campaigner, Pleasant Tap scored in such premier 1 1/4-mile events as the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Suburban, and major seven-furlong sprints like the Malibu, and he was runner-up in both the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Classic. His leading offspring -- Premium Tap, Tiago, English/Dubai highweight David Junior and Japan Cup winner Tap Dance City -- took after his routing ability.

Force Five Gal is out of the Grade 3-placed Last Cause, by turf marathoner Caucasus. Last Cause's dam, Last Bird, was a daughter of all-time French great *Sea-Bird. Her principal descendants are Grade 1 winners Roanoke and Into Mischief. Her family has been a treasure trove over the years, highlighted by champion filly Pleasant Stage, A Phenomenon, Seattle Meteor, Pillaster and Class Play.

I'll Have Another's maternal line has been in the United States since the 1830s, with the importation of the classy British racemare Gallopade. She has been one of the building blocks of the American Thoroughbred, through such descendants as Domino and Hamburg. Several 20th century Hall of Famers descend directly from Gallopade's maternal line, among them Derby winners Zev and Tim Tam, and Triple Crown legend Affirmed.

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