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I'll Have Another wins Kentucky Derby

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer Published: May 5, 2012
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— I'll Have Another ran down Bodemeister in the final furlong Saturday to win the Kentucky Derby, winding up in the winner's circle despite a rookie jockey, a more famous stable pony, and a price tag of just $11,000 as a yearling.

With Mario Gutierrez aboard, the chestnut colt stormed out of post No. 19 — the first winner from that slot in 138 runnings of the Derby — and bided his time in mid-pack while Bodemeister set a blistering pace on a hot, muggy afternoon.

“He's an amazing horse,” Gutierrez said. “I told everybody before the first time I rode him, I knew he was the one.”

But a record crowd of 165,307 looking on didn't know I'll Have Another had the goods until the 20-horse field turned for home. That's when Gutierrez, who 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 at 15-1 odds. He paid $32.60, $13.80 and $9.

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