Big future for I’ll Have Another in Japan

Big Red Farm owner Shigeyuki Okada has announced his USA import I’ll Have Another will stand for a fee of AUD 37,195 in 2013.

I’ll Have Another was campaigned by J. Paul Reddam to win the G1 Santa Anita Derby before taking the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.  His Triple Crown bid ended with a near foreleg injury sustained a day before the Belmont Stakes.

I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley – Arch’s Gal Edith by Arch) was sold to Big Red Farm for an undisclosed price in June.  He is the third Kentucky Derby – Preakness winner in the last three decades to begin his stud career in Japan, joining the late Sunday Silence (1989) and War Emblem (2002).

The Big Red Farm roster is headed by Stay Gold (Sunday Silence) who is the sire of Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre.

Wood Memorial winner Toby’s Corner is another USA G1 winner set start his stud career in Hokkaido next year.  He was purchased by the Hidaka Stallion Station and arrived there on November 28.

Toby’s Corner (Bellamy Road – Brandon’s Ride by Mister Frisky) was trained by Graham Motion and, apart from the G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, was runner-up in the G1 Philip H. Iselin Stakes in his final start.

Japan is also the destination for G2 Canadian Stakes winner Barefoot Lady.  She has just been sold privately after being passed in for 425,000 euros at the Goffs November Sale.

Barefoot Lady (Footstepsinthesand) was trained by Richard Fahey for owner Norman Steel and she won the G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket last year before her G2 victory at Woodbine in September.