“I’ll Have Another”, a chestnut colt sold for a paltry $11,000, ridden by a rookie jockey and stuck in an outside post — blazed past highly regarded Bodemeister in the final furlong of the Kentucky Derby to win by 1 1-2 lengths on Saturday, beating one of the deepest fields in years. I’ll Have Another bolted out of post No. 19 — the first winner from there in 138 runnings of the Derby, and waited in mid-pack on a muggy, 85-degree afternoon at Churchill Downs. Winning jockey Mario Gutierrez made his Derby debut at 25, Gutierrez got his chance to ride I’ll Have Another after trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam happened to see him at Santa Anita in Southern California. Gutierrez riding his 15-1 shot timed his move on the home stretch perfectly as the 20-horse field turned for home. Gutierrez moved up between horses around the final turn, positioned his colt not far from the rail and set him down to run. I’ll Have Another overhauled a tiring Bodemeister to win by 1 1-2 lengths. He paid $32.60, $13.80 and $9. He ran 1 1-4 miles in 2:01.83.
| May 5, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.