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May 10, 2012

I'll Have Another rated top Three-Year-Old


New York, NY (Sports Network) - Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another is alone atop the latest NTRA Three-Year-Old Poll. The chestnut colt won the 138th Run for the Roses by 1 1/2 lengths over Bodemeister.

Owned by J. Paul Reddam, I'll Have Another received 43 out of 48 first-place votes and 475 points to move into first from fifth. The colt, trained by Doug O'Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, moves on to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 19.

"It's beyond belief. Somebody asked me earlier in the week what would it be like to win the Kentucky Derby. I used Bubba Watson's quote when he won the Masters: 'I never dreamt this far,'" said O'Neill's brother Dennis. "I never in a million years thought we could do this. (Bob) Baffert always told us in the past talking to us, saying, If you ever win The Derby, there's nothing like it. And, boy, was that true."

Bodemeister picked up the other five first-place votes and 435 points to remain in second. Trainer Bob Baffert said a decision on running in the second jewel of the Triple Crown has not been made.

The next three positions in the poll also correspond to the their finishes in the Derby. Dullahan is third with 360 points, Went the Day Well got 284 points to move up to fourth and Creative Cause received 241 points good for fifth in the voting.

Union Rags, seventh on Saturday, fell from first in the poll to sixth with 228 points followed by Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can (150), Hansen (116), Gemologist (84) and Oaks runner-up Broadway's Alibi (58).

A pair brothers have two of the top three spots in the National Poll.

Wise Dan and full brother Successful Dan, both trained by Charles Lopresti, are first and third with To Honor and Serve separating the siblings.

Wise Dan, winner of last month's Ben Ali, received 16 first-place votes and 306 points, while his brother, coming off Friday's Alysheba victory pulled in four top votes and 251 points.

"Wise Dan will go in the Stephen Foster (June 16 at Churchill Downs)," Lopresti said. "We'll take our time and find another race for him (Successful Dan). I'm definitely going to keep them apart for now."

To Honor and Serve is second with eight first-place votes and 254 points.

Undefeated five-year-old mare Awesome Maria is fourth with two first-place votes and 208 points.

Oaklawn Handicap winner Alternation is fifth with one top vote and 196 points followed by Mucho Macho Man (5, 195), Kentucky Derby champ I'll Have Another (7, 189), Shackleford (1, 158), Bodemeister (114) and Game On Dude 2, 108).

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