I'll Have Another, rated 15-1 coming into the race, chased down pacesetter Bodemeister and won by 1 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs for the 138th Run for the Roses, the Kentucky Derby.
Owned by Reddam Racing, trained by Doug O'Neill, with jockey Mario Gutierrez, 25, of Veracruz, Mexico. I'll Have Another ran in front of a record crowd of 165,307. The time was 2:01 4/5.
In a post-race interview, O'Neill said, "Unbelievable, I can't believe it. It's just an incredible feeling. Mario looked like Calvin Borel coming down the stretch." It was Gutierrez's first Derby winner in his first try.
Bodemeister held off the late run of Dullahan and took second. Went the Day Well was fourth, while Creative Cause came in fifth. The rest of the field was as follows: Liaison, Union Rags, Rousing Sermon, Hansen, Daddy Nose Best, Optimizer, Alpha, El Padrino, Sabercat, Gemologist, Trinniberg, Prospective, Take Charge Indy and Daddy Long Legs. My Adonis didn't draw in from the also-eligible list, but instead was shipped to Pimlico, where he ran third in the Canonero II Stakes.
I'll Have Another paid $32.60, $13.80, $9 for this, his third straight win. The Derby followed his prior victories in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Overall, he is 6-4-1-0.
Bodemeister paid $6.20 and 5.60. Dullahan, who finished third, paid $7.20 to show.
I'll Have Another is named for owner J. Paul Reddam's typical response when his wife puts out cookies. He is the first 3-year-old to prevail in the Kentucky Derby after breaking from far outside, post 19 in a full field of 20.
Now, of course, the question will be, can I'll Have Another break the Triple Crown losing streak? The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. His jockey was Steve Cauthen, his trainer was Laz Barrera, and he was owned and bred by Harbor View Farm.
The next leg in the Triple Crown will be held May 19 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The third leg, the Belmont Stakes, will be run June 9 at Belmont Park in New York.
I'll Have Another definitely wants another - another win in the next Triple Crown race. Whether or not he can do so, remains to be seen.
You can watch the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby below.
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