For five weeks this spring, I'll Have Another became America's horse by winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Owner J. Paul Reddam announced Friday that the colt will be leaving the country, probably in August, to begin his stud career.
Reddam said the Kentucky-bred son of Flower Alley will stand in Japan at Shigeyuki Okada's Big Red Farm starting with the 2013 breeding season. Financial terms were not disclosed. "It was in the range we were looking for," Reddam told the Daily Racing Form. "Kentucky wasn't anywhere close to where the Japanese were."
I'll Have Another could have become the 12th Triple Crown winner but he was scratched June 8, the day before the Belmont Stakes, because of a tendon injury. He sold for only $11,000 as a yearling, and Reddam purchased him in April 2011 for $35,000. He went 4-for-4 this year for trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez, finishing his career 5-for-7 with earnings of $2,693,600.
Breakdown at Belmont
Karma Shield, a $20,000 maiden claimer, was euthanized on the track following Saturday's sixth race at Belmont Park after he broke down near the three-sixteenths pole.
Rosie Napravnik pulled up the 4-year-old colt, dismounted and stayed with him until an outrider came along.
Dr. Anthony Verderosa, NYRA's chief examining veterinarian, said Karma Shield suffered two compound sesamoid fractures in his left foreleg.
It was the sixth racing-related death in 41 days at the meeting, according to the State Racing and Wagering Board's online database.
Australian superstar Black Caviar is 22-for-22 after holding on by a nose in the Group I, 6-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in England. Luke Nolen stopped urging the 6-year-old mare 50 yards from the finish and was nearly caught by Moonlight Cloud on a very soft course.
"It was pilot error," Nolen said, "but I got away with it." It was Black Caviar's first race outside Australia, and trainer Peter Moody hinted she might be retired.