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HRN Exclusive: I'll Have Another settles into his new home (Video)

I'll Have Another Japan
Photo: Kate Hunter

By Kate Hunter, Special to Horse Racing Nation  

 

Everybody loves a Kentucky Derby winner, and the Japanese are no exception, they have four. Shigeyuki Okada, owner of Big Red Farm, became one of I'll Have Another's biggest fans after watching his races over and over again on YouTube. He thought he saw in the colt, the same potential that drew Zenya Yoshida to the mighty Sunday Silence.

 

I'll Have Another will spend the rest of his second career in lovely Hokkaido, where for many horses are not only a way of life but also beloved friends. His care takers, all of whom can be seen kissing their favorite stallions in their Facebook profile photos, are just as enamored with the Derby winner as any American racing fan. Big Red Farm (@BigRedFarm) has even been tweeting about IHA in English, just for YOU! So now everyone can watch the super star colt, hopefully turn into a super star stallion.

 

Kate Hunter can be followed on Twitter at @KeibaKate.

   

 

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Although any horse would probably be happy to run in a field after quarantine, flying, being transported by van, boat, triler and being in quarantine again
Nice to see IHA seems very happy in his beautiful surroundings. I think they will take good care of him.
He looks happy :)! That's really what's important. Although, I'll miss him tearing up the track.
My nickname for IHA is "Little Red".
It does my heart well to see him looking happy. Can't wait to see how his kids do.
Thank you so much, Kate!
He's a little thinner than I'd like, but that's to be expected with thoroughbreds. Sure he'll put on a ton of weight soon. He definitely looks happy
I watched with awe the 11 year old Spectacular Bid prancing around his paddock at Claiborne looking more like a dressage horse than a thoroughbred racer. It is within them to run whether they are great at it or not.
It was a fun day! The people were very very nice. And truly seemed in awe of this magnificent animal.
Looks like he is happy but I think he wants to race again. He didn't even look like he was hurt when he was running free. I think he will have a good time though, he has his own paddock.
I looked down at the picture at home and I thought it was Secretariat.
great video, beautiful farm.
Everytime I see him I miss him more :/
Nice to see him happy at his new home
Love you IHA. Live long and prosper!
I follow Kate..she is awesome with keeping us "westerners" up on Japanese racing news as well as current photos and updates of our imported thoroughbreds. Her photos of Silver Charm are wonderful!

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