Japan farm paid $10 million for I'll Have Another

Japan farm paid $10 million for I'll Have Another

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I'll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, edges out Bodemeister, with Mike Smith up, to win the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville Kentucky, May 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Mark Abraham (Photo credit should read MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The owner of I'll Have Another says he sold his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to a farm in Japan for $10 million, a price that far exceeded any amount he was offered in the United States.
   J. Paul Reddam made his comments in a blog appearing on the bloodhorse.com website. He writes there were two offers from U.S. breeding operations, one valued at just under $5 million, the other at $3 million.
   Reddam also notes that the rights of Derby, Preakness and Belmont runner-up Bodemeister "recently purportedly sold for about 13 million in America."
   I'll Have Another was retired with a tendon injury the day before he was to run in the Belmont Stakes and attempt to become the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years.
 

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