D. Wayne Lukas
Darrell Wayne Lukas is an American horse trainer and a U. S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, he holds the record for the most Triple Crown race wins with fourteen, has won twenty Breeders' Cup races, received five Eclipse Awards for his accomplishments, his horses have won 25 year-end Eclipse Awards. Born and raised on a small farm, Lukas grew up with an interest in horses, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a master's degree in education taught high school where for nine years he was a head basketball coach. He began training quarter horses in California in 1968 and after 10 years of achievement that saw him train 24 world champions, he switched to training thoroughbreds; the first trainer to earn more than $100 million in purse money, he has been the year's top money winner 14 times. Lukas got his big break in 1980, his horses have won the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness Stakes on six occasions, have claimed victory four times in the Belmont Stakes, including winning all three of the Classics in 1995 with Thunder Gulch and Timber Country, making him the first trainer to sweep the Triple Crown Classic races with two different horses in a season.
In 2013, he surpassed Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories, with 14. He has won Breeder's Cup races a record 20 times. Fillies Lukas has trained have won the Kentucky Oaks four times. Three of his horses—Lady's Secret in 1986, Criminal Type in 1990 and Charismatic in 1999—won the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, he has a total of 25 horses. He has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer four times. In 1999, the same year his horse Charismatic came within 2 lengths of the Triple Crown, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first person to enter both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse halls of fame. In 2013 he was awarded the Eclipse Award of Merit for his accomplishments. In 2014, at age 78, in his acceptance speech for the 2013 Eclipse Award of Merit, he stated, "hen they start giving you awards...they are trying to get you to retire. Well, you young trainers get ready.
We're coming after you, so you'd better get up a little more early in the morning from now on. We're coming after you with a vengeance." Lukas has been married four times. He had one son and two grandchildren, with his first wife. In December 1993, Lukas' derby contender, Tabasco Cat injured Jeff Lukas, who worked for his father as an assistant trainer and was the elder Lukas' hard-driving right-hand man. In a shedrow accident at Santa Anita Park, the colt broke loose and when Jeff Lukas tried to stop him, the horse slammed into him, throwing him into the air and when Jeff landed on the concrete, he suffered a skull fracture which left him in a coma for several weeks, he suffered permanent brain damage. By spring of 1994, he had recovered enough that he attempted to return to horse racing, but after a series of less-demanding jobs ending in 2003, it was clear he could not work safely around race horses, he tried living and working near horse farms, but his disabilities were too severe for him to be safe around horses at all.
He moved to Atoka, Oklahoma in 2007 to work for David Burrage, the accountant and general manager for Lukas Racing Stables. By that time, Burrage was a banker and owned the First Bank in Atoka, his father bought him a home there and Jeff lived a quiet life until his death at age 58 in March 2016. Kentucky DerbyWinning Colors Thunder Gulch Grindstone Charismatic Preakness StakesCodex Tank's Prospect Tabasco Cat Timber Country Charismatic Oxbow Belmont StakesTabasco Cat Thunder Gulch Editor's Note Commendable Breeders' Cup ClassicCat Thief Breeders' Cup Ladies' ClassicLife's Magic Lady's Secret Sacahuista Spain Breeders' Cup MileSteinlen Breeders' Cup SprintGulch Orientate Breeders' Cup JuvenileCapote Success Express Is It True Timber Country Boston Harbor Breeders' Cup Juvenile FilliesTwilight Ridge Open Mind Flanders Cash Run Folklore Take Charge Brandi Breeders' Cup Juvenile SprintHightail DeVito, Carlo. D. Wayne: The High-Rolling and Fast Times of America's Premier Horse Trainer McGraw-Hill ISBN 0-07-138737-4 D. Wayne Lukas at the United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame - D. Wayne Lukas accessed on February 4, 2008 D. Wayne Lukas at the NTRA
Silver Charm is an American Champion Thoroughbred race horse. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, he is best known for winning the 1997 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in the Triple Crown, he won the Dubai World Cup, stood at stud in both America and Japan. Upon the death of Hansel, Silver Charm became the oldest living winner of the Preakness Stakes. Silver Charm was foaled in Florida on February 22, 1994 out of the mare Bonnie's Poker and sired by Silver Buck, a son of Buckpasser, he was bred by Mary Lou Wootton. As a two-year-old Silver Charm was purchased by trainer Bob Baffert for $85,000, resold to Beverly and Robert Lewis, who kept him in training with Baffert. Silver Charm's first win was in the Del Mar Futurity. Silver Charm entered the 1997 Kentucky Derby with Gary Stevens as his jockey. Silver Charm drew the sixth post position out of a field of 13, broke well at the starting gate, he came out between other horses going into the backstretch and took the lead with less than a furlong to go.
He won the Derby. It was Baffert's second time entering any American classic race. Silver Charm won the Preakness Stakes in the same manner, pulling ahead of Captain Bodgit and Free House just before the wire. Silver Charm lost the third jewel of the Triple Crown by placing second in the Belmont Stakes to Touch Gold, he was the winner of the 1997 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male Horse. He closed out his sophomore season with a runner-up finish in the Malibu Stakes. At age 4, Silver Charm won the 1998 Dubai World Cup, San Fernando Stakes, Strub Stakes, Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap, Goodwood Handicap, the Clark Handicap, he finished second in both the Stephen Foster Handicap and Breeders' Cup Classic. At age 5, Silver Charm won the 1999 San Pasqual Handicap and placed third in both the Donn Handicap and Santa Anita Handicap, he competed in the 1999 Dubai World Cup, finishing sixth. After his fourth-place finish in the Stephen Foster Handicap, Silver Charm was retired. Following the end of his race career, Silver Charm was retired to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky for an initial stud fee of $25,000.
He stood stud in North America for five seasons. In 2004 he was purchased by the Japanese Breeders Association, was sent to stud in Japan, he stood at the Shizunai Stallion Station in December 2004. In 2008, he stood at the Iburi Stallion Station. Silver Charm's North American progeny features 15 stakes winners, most notably multiple graded stakes winners Preachinatthebar and Miss Isella. Silver Charm was not successful in Japan, of 149 foals of racing age, he has been represented by one stakes-placed runner. Overall, Silver Charm's progeny have made $2 million and won more than 1,000 races. In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century, Silver Charm was ranked #63. In 2007, Silver Charm was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame. Silver Charm went to Japan to the Shizunai Stallion Station in 2004, with a so-called "buy-back clause" included in his sales contract. Since the slaughterhouse death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, the New York Owners and Breeder's Association has begun asking for a small voluntary per-race charge called the "Ferdinand Fee."
These monies are intended for the Bluegrass Charities and the Thoroughbred Charities of America to help fund racehorse rescue and retirement groups and keep horses from slaughter when their breeding or racing careers are over. This has led racehorse owners to include buy-back clauses within their stallion contracts. On October 29, 2014, it was announced jointly by Three Chimneys Farm and Old Friends Farm that Silver Charm would return from Japan and be retired permanently at Old Friends Equine, a horse retirement facility, in Georgetown, Kentucky. Beverly Lewis and her son Steve paid to bring Silver Charm back to Kentucky, where he remains at Old Friends and can be visited by the public. Preakness winners Silver Charm Racing Into History
Summer Bird was a champion American Thoroughbred racehorse, son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone. He was bred by retired cardiologist Kalarikkal Jayaraman and his wife, retired pathologist Vilasini Jayaraman, at their Tiffany Farm near Ocala, Florida. On June 3, 2010, Summer Bird was retired due to complications of a previous injury. Raced by his breeders, Summer Bird won the 2009 Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the U. S. Triple Crown, in which Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness Stakes runner-up Mine That Bird was favored; the win was the second of his five-start career, followed a third in the Arkansas Derby and a sixth in the Kentucky Derby. After the Belmont, he was sent to New Jersey to prep for the Haskell Invitational, he finished second in that race to champion female Rachel Alexandra. Summer Bird was taken to Saratoga Race Course to compete in the prestigious Travers Stakes. Mine That Bird was entered, Rachel Alexandra was a possible contender. Both horses were taken out of the race, Mine That Bird because of throat surgery and Rachel Alexandra because she was entered in the Woodward Stakes against older males the week after the Travers.
Summer Bird took the lead in the Travers over Kensei at the quarter pole and held off a late closing longshot, Hold Me Back, to win and earn his second Grade 1 victory on a sloppy track. Quality Road finished third. Summer Bird won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on October 3, 2009, he was the first horse in over 20 years to win all three prestigious races in New York. He finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic behind champion mare Zenyatta at Santa Anita Park on November 7, 2009, as the third betting choice at 6-1, he won the Eclipse Award for male three-year-olds in 2009. He was being pointed towards the Japan Cup Dirt, but during a recent workout he showed signs of distress and pulled up lame, he did not race in the Japan Cup, due to a condylar fracture in his right foreleg. On February 9, 2010, owners K. K. and Vilasini Jayaraman transferred Summer Bird, along with five other horses, to trainer Tim Ritchey. Although the colt underwent rehabilitation for his injury, he did not return to the races.
Summer Bird was retired to stud in 2011 and stood at Pauls Mill in Versailles, for a fee of $15,000. His first crop of US foals would begin racing in 2014, he was sold and exported to Japan in 2013 where he stood for one breeding season and died on December 23, 2013 of colic. His first crop of Japanese-born foals would begin racing in 2016. Summer Bird joined Mine That Bird as the second foal of Birdstone to win a Triple Crown race and became the second third-generation descendant of Unbridled to do so. On his sire's side, he is descended from 1964 Triple Crown contender Northern Dancer, his dam, Hong Kong Squall, was sired by Summer Squall, giving Summer Bird relation to 1999 Triple Crown contender Charismatic and making him a descendant of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. His dam's mother, Hong Kong Jade, gives him descent from 1987 Triple Crown contender Alysheba and, Alydar, the horse that finished second in all three Triple Crown races to Affirmed in 1978. Hong Kong Squall died May 2010, after giving birth to a full sister to Summer Bird.
Summer Bird at the NTRA
Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports, as its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has been unchanged since at least classical antiquity. Horse races vary in format and many countries have developed their own particular traditions around the sport. Variations include restricting races to particular breeds, running over obstacles, running over different distances, running on different track surfaces and running in different gaits. While horses are sometimes raced purely for sport, a major part of horse racing's interest and economic importance is in the gambling associated with it, an activity that in 2008 generated a worldwide market worth around US$115 billion. Horse racing has a long and distinguished history and has been practised in civilisations across the world since ancient times. Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in Ancient Greece, Babylon and Egypt.
It plays an important part of myth and legend, such as the contest between the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. Chariot racing was one of the most popular ancient Greek and Byzantine sports. Both chariot and mounted horse racing were events in the ancient Greek Olympics by 648 BC and were important in the other Panhellenic Games, it continued although chariot racing was dangerous to both driver and horse, which suffered serious injury and death. In the Roman Empire and mounted horse racing were major industries. From the mid-fifteenth century until 1882, spring carnival in Rome closed with a horse race. Fifteen to 20 riderless horses imported from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, were set loose to run the length of the Via del Corso, a long, straight city street. In times, Thoroughbred racing became, remains, popular with aristocrats and royalty of British society, earning it the title "Sport of Kings". Equestrians honed their skills through games and races. Equestrian sports provided entertainment for crowds and displayed the excellent horsemanship needed in battle.
Horse racing of all types evolved from impromptu competitions between drivers. The various forms of competition, requiring demanding and specialized skills from both horse and rider, resulted in the systematic development of specialized breeds and equipment for each sport; the popularity of equestrian sports through the centuries has resulted in the preservation of skills that would otherwise have disappeared after horses stopped being used in combat. There are many different types of horse racing, including: Flat racing, where horses gallop directly between two points around a straight or oval track. Jump racing, or Jumps racing known as Steeplechasing or, in the UK and Ireland, National Hunt racing, where horses race over obstacles. Harness racing, where horses trot or pace while pulling a driver in a sulky. Saddle Trotting, where horses must trot from a starting point to a finishing point under saddle Endurance racing, where horses travel across country over extreme distances ranging from 25 to 100 miles.
Different breeds of horses have developed. Breeds that are used for flat racing include the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian and Appaloosa. Jump racing breeds include the Thoroughbred and AQPS. In harness racing, Standardbreds are used in Australia, New Zealand and North America, when in Europe and French Trotter are used with Standardbred. Light cold blood horses, such as Finnhorses and Scandinavian coldblood trotter are used in harness racing within their respective geographical areas. There are races for ponies: both flat and jump and harness racing. Flat racing is the most common form of racing seen worldwide. Flat racing tracks are oval in shape and are level, although in Great Britain and Ireland there is much greater variation, including figure of eight tracks like Windsor and tracks with severe gradients and changes of camber, such as Epsom Racecourse. Track surfaces vary, with turf most common in Europe, dirt more common in North America and Asia, newly designed synthetic surfaces, such as Polytrack or Tapeta, seen at some tracks.
Individual flat races are run over distances ranging from 440 yards up to two and a half miles, with distances between five and twelve furlongs being most common. Short races are referred to as "sprints", while longer races are known as "routes" in the United States or "staying races" in Europe. Although fast acceleration is required to win either type of race, in general sprints are seen as a test of speed, while long distance races are seen as a test of stamina; the most prestigious flat races in the world, such as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup, Epsom Derby, Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, are run over distances in the middle of this range and are seen as tests of both speed and stamina to some extent. In the most prestigious races, horses are allocated the same weight to carry for fairness, with allowances given to younger horses and female horses running against males; these races offer the biggest purses. There is another category of races called handicap races where each horse is assigned a different weight to carry based on its ability.
Beside the weight they carry, horses' performance can be influenced by position relative to the inside barrier, gender and training. Jump racing in Gr
Will Take Charge
Will Take Charge is a retired American Thoroughbred racehorse. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the horse is best known for his wins in the 2013 Travers Stakes and Clark Handicap and for being beaten by a nose in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic, he was named American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse for 2013. He was retired in 2014, anticipated to stand at stud at Three Chimneys Farm. Will Take Charge is a chestnut colt with a broad white blaze and three high white stockings who stands over 17 hands, making him an unusually large Thoroughbred, he was sired by the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Unbridled's Song, whose other major winners included the sprinter Zensational and the Breeders' Cup winners Unrivaled Belle and Unbridled Elaine. Will Take Charge's dam, Take Charge Lady, was a top-class race mare whose wins included the Ashland Stakes and successive runnings of the Spinster Stakes, she is the dam of the Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy. In September 2011, the yearling was consigned by the Hill'n' Dale Sales Agency to the Keeneland sales where he was bought for $425,000 by Willis D. Horton. of Three Chimneys Farm.
The colt was sent into training with the veteran D. Wayne Lukas. Will Take Charge was ridden in all his 2012 races by Jon Court, he began his racing career by finishing fifth in a five and a half furlong maiden race at Saratoga Race Course on August 16, 2012. After a break of two months, he reappeared in a seven furlong maiden at Keeneland and recorded his first success, coming from well off the pace with a strong run on the wide outside to win by a length from Hard Aces; the colt was moved up in class for the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in November and finished last of the thirteen runners. On his final appearance of the year, he finished second to Texas Bling in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park. In early 2013, Will Take Charge was campaigned at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. On January 21, he produced a "spirited drive" to reverse his previous defeat by Texas Bling, winning by a neck in the Smarty Jones Stakes, but when moved up in class he finished unplaced behind Super Ninety Nine on a sloppy track in the Grade III Southwest Stakes.
In the Grade II Rebel Stakes on March 16, he started a 28-1 outsider in a strong field which included Super Ninety Nine, Texas Bling and the subsequent Preakness Stakes winner, Oxbow. Under Court, Will Take Charge made a strong late run to catch Oxbow in the final strides and win by a head; the colt left Oaklawn after his win in the Rebel Stakes to contest the Triple Crown races but had little success. He finished eighth behind Orb in the Kentucky Derby, seventh behind Oxbow in the Preakness, tenth behind Palace Malice in the Belmont Stakes, he returned after a break to contest the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 27. Ridden by the Venezuelan jockey Junior Alvarado, he stayed on in the straight to finish second by a length to Palace Malice, two and a quarter lengths clear of Moreno, who finished third. After that race, Lukas removed the blinker hood that the horse had worn and changed jockeys to the "up and coming" Panamanian Luis Saez. On August 24, Will Take Charge started at odds of 9.6-1 for the Grade I Travers Stakes against a field which included Orb, Palace Malice and Haskell Stakes winner Verrazano.
He produced a strong late run to lead in the last stride and win by a nose over the front-running Moreno. Orb was third, Palace Malice was fourth and Verrazano was seventh of the nine runners. Lukas, winning the race for the third time, said that Will Take Charge was "just starting to find himself; this is a horse. He's getting his act together." Claims by the trainer of Moreno that Saez had used an illegal "electrical device" to encourage the horse were rejected after a lengthy investigation by the New York State Gaming Commission, which stated that the complaint was "wholly unsubstantiated."Will Take Charge faced Moreno again in the Pennsylvania Derby over nine furlongs at Parx on September 21. He conceded two pounds to his main rival and improved on his Travers performance, beating Moreno by two and a quarter lengths. On November 2, Will Take Charge started at odds of 13-1 for the Breeders' Cup Classic in a strong field which included Game On Dude, Palace Malice, Mucho Macho Man, Fort Larned and Flat Out as well as the European challenger Declaration of War.
Ridden by Saez, Will Take Charge settled behind the leaders before rallying on the outside in the straight. He failed by a nose to catch Mucho Macho Man, with Declaration of War a head away in third place. On November 29, he started the 12-5 second favorite behind Game On Dude in the Clark Handicap over nine furlongs at Churchill Downs. Settled in midfield by Saez, he produced a sustained run in the straight to catch Game On Dude in the final strides and won by a head, he finished the year as the number two-ranked horse in purse wins in the US behind Mucho Macho Man but ahead of both Game on Dude and Orb. In late December, Willis Horton announced that he had sold a 50% share in the horse to Three Chimneys Farm, with an agreement that Will Take Charge would remain in training with Lukas for the 2014 season. After that, it is anticipated. In January 2014, Will Take Charge was named Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse at the Eclipse Awards, taking 231 of the 247 votes: he finished third to Wise Dan and Mucho Macho Man in the poll for American Horse of the Year.
Will Take Charge hit the board in five of his six starts in 2014.began his third season in the Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 9 February. Carrying top weight of 123 pounds, he started the 6/4 favourite, but although he made late progress he was late beginning his trademark move from the back and was beaten one an
Steven Mark Asmussen is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2016, his horses have won the Breeders' Cup Classic, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Breeders' Cup Distaff, Kentucky Oaks and Dubai World Cup. Asmussen was born in Gettysburg, South Dakota moved to Laredo, Texas at age two, his father, Keith, is a retired jockey and his mother Marilyn is a trainer who became the first woman to win a major quarter horse race with Vespero in the 1978 Kansas Futurity. They now operate El Primero Training Center and the Asmussen Horse Center, a breeding and sales operation, both in Laredo; the family was close-knit. Asmussen attended her funeral instead of going to the post position draw for the Preakness Stakes that he won with Curlin, she had followed every race. Keith Asmussen told Tricia Cortez of the Laredo Morning Times, that his fellow Laredoans do not "have a clue how big Laredo is and has been in the horse industry, after today, it will be quadrupled.
Some of the best horses have been trained and conditioned in Laredo."Steve Asmussen's older brother, Cash Asmussen a trainer himself, is a retired Eclipse Award-winning jockey with championships in Europe as well. Asmussen began riding as a jockey at age sixteen, competing for two years at racetracks in New Mexico and New York until his height and weight ended his riding career. "No one would believe me if I didn’t have the pictures to prove it," he said having grown to over six feet. "My parents were 5'5" and 5'2". I don’t know what happened."Asmussen graduated from United High School in Laredo in 1985. He and his wife, Julie Marie Asmussen, have three sons. Asmussen won his first race as a trainer in 1986 at Ruidoso Downs. In 1987, he won his first stakes race with Scout Command in the Bessemer Stakes at Birmingham Race Course, his first graded stakes win did not come until 1996 when he took the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs with Valid Expectations. In 1999, he recorded his first Grade; some of Asmussen's top horses came about as a result of his partnership with the late Jess Jackson, a wine entrepreneur, a horse owner and breeder.
The pair campaigned Rachel Alexandra. Another major client is Winchell Thoroughbreds, who own Gun Runner. Three Asmussen-trained horses have won individual American Triple Crown races; the first was Stonestreet-owned Curlin, who finished third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, but defeated Derby-winner Street Sense to win the 2007 Preakness Stakes. Curlin finished second in the 2007 Belmont Stakes to filly Rags to Riches, went on to take the Breeders' Cup Classic that same year. Curlin would win more Grade and Group 1 races in 2008, including the Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster Handicap and Woodward Stakes. For his accomplishments, he was named American Horse of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. Rachel Alexandra won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks with another trainer, she was transferred to the barn of Asmussen. Under the new partnership, Rachel Alexandra with jockey Calvin Borel became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes, she would beat colts again in the Haskell Invitational and win over older males in the Woodward Stakes en route to American Horse of the Year honors for 2009.
Asmussen trained Creator, who won the 2016 Belmont Stakes. The owners of Creator selected Asmussen to train the horse because they were impressed by his handling of other offspring by leading sire Tapit; these include champion Tapizar. In 2002, Asmussen was the leading North American trainer by number of wins with 407 wins, a title he has since repeated eight times. In 2004, he set a single-season record for wins by a trainer with 555, surpassing the previous standard of 496 held since 1976 by Jack Van Berg, he broke that record in 2008 with 622 wins broke it again in 2009 with 650. In 2008, Asmussen received the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Trainer. Not only did he set the single-season for number of wins, he was the leading trainer in North America by earnings, his horses won 81 black-type races, including 19 graded stakes races. In 2009, Asmussen received his second Eclipse Award after again leading the earnings list and setting a record for number of wins. "It's just been rewarding to have such an amazing run," he said.
"It doesn't feel like proving anything - it's just fun to win."On March 28, 2013, Asmussen became the second-winningest trainer in North American history with his 6,418th career win behind only Dale Baird, who had 9,445 career wins. Asmussen gave credit to his assistant trainers Scott Blasi, Darren Fleming and Toby Sheets, who allow him to maintain divisions in Arkansas, New York, Texas. Asmussen's nomination into American thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame was removed from the agenda in 2014 because of allegations by PETA he had committed cruelty to animals. Following the conclusion of two state investigations, Asmussen was restored to eligibility for Hall of Fame consideration in 2016, was inducted into the Hall of Fame that year along with the filly Rachel Alexandra. Gun Runner was a contender for the American classic races as a three-year-old colt in 2016 and developed into the top older horse of 2017 when he won five of six starts including the Breeders' Cup Classic, he won the Stephen Foster and Woodward.
On May 5, 2018, Asmussen earne
I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another is a North American Thoroughbred race horse, bred in Kentucky, owned by Canadian businessman J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O'Neill. In May 2012, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown by taking the Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:01.83. and the Preakness Stakes in 1:55.94. On the day before the Belmont Stakes, he was scratched due to tendonitis, ending his chances of winning the Triple Crown, retired from racing. I'll Have Another is a chestnut horse sired by the Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley. Flower Alley's sire, Distorted Humor, was the sire of 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. In September 2010, as a yearling, I'll Have Another was sent to the Keeneland sales where he was bought for $11,000 by Victor M. Davila. Davila, an exercise rider and trained the colt before selling him as a two-year-old to J. Paul Reddam for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeder's sale. According to Reddam, the colt's name is inspired by his reply when his wife asks if he wants more of her fresh-baked cookies: "I'll Have Another."
After winning on his racecourse debut in July 2011, I'll Have Another finished second to Creative Cause in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar in August. He ran sixth of the ten runners behind Currency Swap in the Grade I Hopeful Stakes on a sloppy track at Saratoga. I'll Have Another began his three-year-old season by winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on February 4, as a 43/1 outsider. In April, he won the Santa Anita Derby, staying on gamely to beat the favorite Creative Cause by a nose. I'll Have Another's lead pony in the Kentucky Derby post parade on May 5, 2012 was the retired gelding Lava Man, whom Doug O'Neill had trained previously; as of Derby Day 2012, Lava Man was the 27th-leading Thoroughbred money earner of all time, having won $5,268,706 in his racing career. Lava Man had accompanied I'll Have Another to the post for his win in the Santa Anita Derby, the colt's final Kentucky Derby prep. Lava Man led I'll Have Another to the post again at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 2012 for the Preakness Stakes.
In the Kentucky Derby on May 5, I'll Have Another started at odds of 15–1 in what was considered an unusually strong field. In front of a record crowd of 165,307, I'll Have Another produced a strong finish to catch the front-running Bodemeister in the closing stages and win by one and a half lengths in a final time of 2:01.83 for 1 1/4 miles. He is the first horse in the history of the Kentucky Derby to have won from post position 19, it was the Derby debut for his 25-year-old jockey Mario Gutierrez, who had not ridden in any of the Triple Crown races. After the race, Gutierrez described I'll Have Another as "an amazing horse", said that "from the first time I met him, I knew he was the one". In the Preakness Stakes on May 19, I'll Have Another was sent off at odds of 3–1 with Bodemeister starting favorite at 8–5. Gutierrez settled the colt in fourth place. On the turn into the straight, I'll Have Another passed Creative Cause to move into second place, caught Bodemeister in the final strides to win by a neck, finishing the 1 3/16-mile race in a final time of 1:55.94.
I'll Have Another was drawn to run from the eleventh post position of the twelve runners, meaning that he would start on the outside of the field. On the Friday before the Belmont Stakes was to run, trainer Doug O'Neill indicated that the horse was out of the race due to a tendon injury, ending his hopes of a Triple Crown. At a news conference, the track veterinarian described the injury as slow-healing, requiring up to three to six months for recovery, if the horse had raced, the risk of a bowed tendon would be high. Thus, trainer O'Neill announced, he became the third horse, after Burgoo King in 1932 and Bold Venture in 1936, to be scratched from the Belmont Stakes after having won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. On July 11 the New York Times carried a report on the veterinary records of I'll Have Another, which O'Neill had been required to submit to the New York racing authorities; the records showed. Three veterinarians interviewed by The Blood-Horse magazine, stated that the medications used were phenylbutazone and polyglycan, a glucosamine-based medication, all of which were routine and appropriate.
On June 23, 2012, it was announced that I'll Have Another had been sold with the intent that he would be exported to stand at stud at the Big Red Farm, located in Hokkaido, for the 2013 breeding season. J. Paul Reddam stated on June 9 that Big Red Farm paid $10 million for I'll Have Another after he received only two offers from American breeding farms:one for $3 million, the other $2.5 million. Reddam thought I'll Have Another stood a better chance of success at stud in Japan, where he would receive higher-quality books of mares than he would have attracted in the U. S. Reddam added. In 2013, his first season in Japan, I'll Have Another covered 152 mares, about 80 percent of whom became pregnant, he commanded stud fees of 3.2 million yen, or about $31,000. On November 6, 2018, it was announced that I'll Have Another would return to the U. S. for the 2019 breeding season to stand at stud at the Ballena Vista Farm in California. I'll Have Another is linebred 4 × 4 to Mr. Prospector and Danzig, meaning that both these stallions appear twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree