I'll Have Another wins the run for the roses
Sat, 05 May 2012 23:37:19 GMT —
I'll Have Another caught Bodemeister down the stretch and pulled away in the final furlong on Saturday to win the Kentucky Derby. Jockey Mario Gutierrez, riding in his first Derby, guided the 3-year-old colt ahead of Bob Baffert's Bodemeister and a late closing Dullahan to win on a fast track.
It was trainer Doug O'Neill's first Derby victory. He had never finished better than 13th in the Kentucky Derby with two other horses. I'll Have Another, the Santa Anita Derby winner, went off at 15-1 in one the deepest and evenly balanced fields in recent years. Dullahan, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner rallied for third and the Vinery Spiral winner, Went The Day Well completed the $1 superfecta that paid $48,046. A total of $170 million was wagered on this year's Kentucky Derby. The next leg of horse racing's elusive Triple Crown will be in two weeks with the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore.