'I'll Have Another' wins Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- It cost the owners of I'll Have Another just $11,000 when the horse was sold at a yearling auction. Two years later, that investment is looking pretty sharp.

The Santa Anita Derby winner used a strong stretch run to win the 138th Kentucky Derby at odds of 15-to-1. Rookie Kentucky Derby winning jockey Mario Gutierrez masterfully stormed the chestnut colt out of post position No. 19 to become the first winner from that slot in 138 runnings of the Run for the Roses.

Gutierrez bided his time in mid-pack in the 20-horse field while runner-up Bodemeister (BOH'-dee-my-stur) set a blistering pace. Then I'll Have Another swung wide and wore down Bodemeister in deep stretch. Dullahan finished third in the mile and a-quarter test at Churchill Downs.

Gutierrez, a relatively unknown Mexican-born jockey, called the Derby winner "an amazing horse. I told everybody before the first time I rode him, I knew he was the one."

The horse also provided trainer Doug O'Neill his first Derby win. O'Neill didn't waste any time vowing that I'll Have Another will go on to the Preakness in two weeks.

"Maryland, here we come baby!" he said.




 
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