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Sayonara, I’ll Have Another

It’s hard to believe that it has been only a few weeks since I wrote that I was more excited about I’ll Have Another’s quest for the Triple Crown than any such attempt since Sunday Silence in 1989. So much has happened since then.
 
Armed only with a strong rooting interest for the little chestnut to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, and a lifelong love for thoroughbred racing, I made the drive from Chicago to New York with the hopes of seeing history. Within twelve hours of my arrival, word came in that I’ll Have Another would not even get the chance to run for it. He was scratched after being diagnosed with early stages of tendinitis. It was a major disappointment that only became worse soon after, when I learned that he would also be retired. The last time I felt disappointment like this at Belmont Park was when Easy Goer swooshed by Sunday Silence 23 years earlier. Little did I know that the unhappy similarities to one of my all-time favorites would keep rolling in.
 
As reported this afternoon by Steve Anderson of DRF, I’ll Have Another has been sold by Paul Reddam to Shigeyuki Okada to stand stud at his Big Red Farm in Japan. I knew this outcome was a real possibility, but when the news hit, it still felt like a swift kick to the face.
 
I cannot blame Reddam, he made the business decision he felt like he needed to make, but still the whole thing makes me just a little sick.
 
Perhaps I am taking this hard because of Sunday Silence. The great Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner was largely rejected by American breeders back then, and just look what happened. Sunday Silence is far and away the dominant sire in the history of Japanese Racing. His offspring have earned more on the track than any other sire worldwide. In short, he was a fantastic sire who would have added so much to American bloodlines.
 
I have no idea how successful I’ll Have Another will be at stud, although on the track he demonstrated both brilliance and courage, and in his immediate pedigree he counts Distorted Humor and Arch (the sires of the last two winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic) as his grandsire and broodmare sire. Distance and class versus speed and precocity, clearly American breeders have spoken once again. It’s a shame. 
 
Why is that I suddenly have a strong feeling that I’ll Have Another will prove to be a big success at stud?
 

 

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No, notobsessed, not really. "In Japanese cuisine, raw horse meat is called sakura (桜) or sakuraniku (桜肉, sakura means cherry blossom, niku means meat) because of its pink color. It can be served raw as sashimi in thin slices dipped in soy sauce, often with ginger and onions added.[51] In this case, it is called basashi (Japanese: 馬刺し). Basashi is popular in some regions of Japan and is often served at izakaya. Fat, typically from the neck, is also found as basashi, though it is white, not pink. Horse meat is also sometimes found on menus for yakiniku (a type of barbecue), where it is called baniku (馬肉, literally, "horse meat") or bagushi (馬串, "skewered horse"); thin slices of raw horse meat are sometimes served wrapped in a shiso leaf. Kumamoto, Nagano and Ōita are famous for basashi, and it is common in the Tohoku region as well. Some types of canned "corned meat" in Japan include horse as one of the ingredients.[52][53] There is also a dessert made from horse meat called basashi ice cream.[54] The company that makes it is known for its unusual ice cream flavors, many of which have limited popularity."
Hopefully there is a clause in the contract that requires I'll Have Another to be returned to the US after retiring from the stud.
Since ths column came out, more is known about the decision and where IHA will be residing. Three Chimneys has announced it will help be a conduit for information about IHA, and I checked out Big Red Farm. They have an English Internet page as well as an English YouTube channel, where their t'breds are displayed.I agree with what Mr. Reddam said about it….it looks like if owners/breeders in the U.S. want to win the KY Derby and Triple Crown races, you would think they would want to breed to a horse that can do it all. Pretty soon all we are going to have in this country are a bunch of Trinnibergs running around and no I'll Have Anothers! That's what I'm really steamed about. I'm sad on a personal level as I was hoping to be able to go visit him in Kentucky. I can't hold it against Mr. Reddam….if it were a small difference, he could justify taking a lower offer to keep him home, but I'm betting the difference was substantial and he couldn't turn it down. The people to be mad at, it seems to me at least, are the short-sighted "breed for speed" crowd! He will be loved and cared for, I have no doubt, and I hope we get to see some more "Little Reds" running around in a couple years or so.
  • DarleneSanner · I heard about Three Chimneys offer and am glad about it That is very kind of them And thank you for the info that Big Red Farm having an English internet page Wish you had included the address · 763 days ago
  • DarleneSanner · found the page for Big Red Farm And for those not in the know also standing there are Roses In May and Conduit · 763 days ago
As a footnote, I believe that IHA will get much more respect and will be treated like royalty in Japan. Look no further than Sunday Silence, the world's most successful stallion, who was rejected by American breeding interests. Also, there is so much misinformation about the Japanese Thoroughbred industry. Wikipedia has info about the extent to which the Japanese support the sport. Google Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association Wiki. We could only wish for such support and dedication in the U.S. Charismatic is at one of the horses at JBBA stations. "The JBBA offers many programs to help small time thoroughbred breeders around the country. The stallions that they offer are often subsidized so that every breeder has an opportunity to breed to top stallions." I'm sad I won't get to visit Little Red in KY, but I'm more than a little encouraged that he will get the best mares, and his bloodline could use a dose of some outcross mares. I’m looking forward to soon to seeing some Little Reds making it to the track, and maybe one or two might make it to American shores.
I can't believe what I am reading here. Flower Alley is a young stallion and I am sure there are plenty of breeders that expect to use his sire to repeat IHA's success. This could be why Japan's offer was more attractive. I wish him the best and as with all horses leaving the country will keep up with his news. Best of luck bud. Have a great life.
Take the names away, the trainer controversy, the price paid and the country of destination. This is an injured 3 yo that won a slow Derby and average Preakness, that is now retired early, or not? Why the uproar to this extent?
O'Neill has nothing to do with this. Leave his name far out of it.
Reddam has the right to sell IHA to anyone he wants to, but I would have preferred IHA went to the Saudis. Remember Alysheba? That Saudi king sent him back when he was retired from breeding. He didn't have to do that. On the other hand, over in Japan, Ferdinand was turned into dog food despite the fact that he won the BC Classic and the Derby, because he was a dud as a stud. Maybe Reddam insisted on a Ferdinand clause in the contract, so that IHA could be returned if he's unfit, but I doubt that. It's all about the cash. IHA will be out of sight, out of mind. Reddam and ONeil will not have to answer any more questions about the horse, since he will be out of the country.
I cannot blame Reddam, he made the business decision he felt like he needed to make, but still the whole thing makes me just a little sick.
  • Junebug719 · Reddam is a predatory capitolist. He gives not a damn about the horse. I say, May he be cursed@ Yes a good voodoo curse on the man.. like he has cursed that horse rather than letting him run.!!!!!!!!!!!! Deo Valente · 764 days ago
  • notobsessed · I said a few curses about Mr. Reddam when i heard the news and they were not voodoo curses · 764 days ago
Cause Reddam needed the money SO bad, didn't he :( i hope IHA doesn't end up in someone's burger.
the FRENCH would give England a run for its money over time.
Roy you have made good selections here for a long time. Many people know that.
I was in England for 5 years during mid 1960, and what i have learned that England have best through bred horses in the world, most of the best sires from England have sold to America, i can named some of the horses when i was in England, like Petingo, Ribot, Mill Reef, Vaguly Noble, Nijinsky, etc.
whoever was commented on me about I'll Have Another, it is my reply to him , that it is me who select I'll Have Another for Kentucky Derby, 2012 and had a bet of $100.00 at 15/1 shot to win along with $1.00 trifecta and superfecta, i got the trifecta bit missed the superfecta because my selected horse for 4th place Creative Cause came 5th position, i invested $60.00 in trifecta and $120.00 in superfecta, it did,nt stopped me to back I'll Have Another to bet him In the Preakness Stakes, and i got straight win, trifecta and superfecta in the preakness, but i forecast before Belmont Stakes that there will be no Triple Crown in this year simple because I'l Have Another could,nt able to win Belmont, my selection was Union Rags and Paynter, then i found out that I'll Have Another was withdrawn from Belmont because of injury . it did'nt shocked me, my plan was to bet Union Rags and Paynter both horses .
the MBA's will have taken over with casinos
Pretty soon, if we don't get things together, we won't be even doing that
Breeding to sell rather than breeding to run.
The real problem is that American breeders are shadows of the great breeders of the past who spent time and money improving the breed. We ignore horses like Sunday Silence, Empire Maker, and I think if the truth be known IHA. I honestly don't think the American breeders thought that much of Reddams horse. We desperately need to improve our thoroughbreds. We need to race in Europe and start bringing some of their top horses here. We should look at Germany and other places, Australia etc. for good horses. We also need to make changes in the breeders cup because alot of top horses are not coming. We really should consider bringing it to Europe and Australia. Sadly I think American breeders may want to look at what could be found in Canada because there about to be a fire sale in horses there soon. If we are not careful, we will be breeding horses drugged to the gills, who go blazingly fast around one turn and breakdown around the next. Perhaps that is our reputation now.
I agree completely Buckpasser. The US did it all the way through the 1970s, and look at the horses we got out of it. Can't blame the Japanese, they know they are doing. I would have liked to see IHA at stud in the US, but I will wish him the best of luck in his second career.
The real hypocrisy is that the American breeders ave for years raided Europe and brought best here to breed. Any one hear of Ribot. He stood one year in England and was sold to American interests. Sir Gallahad and Bull Dog among others came here. One issue that happened in the 30s was that foreign horses became all the rage and we let the lines of Ben Brush, Sweep and others almost die out. If we import horses to stand here it is ok, but not for the Japanese? They are improving their breed, same as we did.

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