Derby Day 2012

Derby Day 2012

05/05/2012

Reddam Racing’s I’ll Have Another, trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, won the 138th Kentucky Derby (G1) Saturday at Churchill Downs. Winner last time out of the Santa Anita Derby (G1), I’ll Have Another defeated the pacesetter Bodemeister.
 
Dullahan, who trained throughout the winter at Gulfstream Park for Dale Romans and who kicked off his 2012 campaign with a runner-up finish in the Palm Beach (G3), finished third while Went the Day Well, who broke his maiden Feb. 4 at Gulfstream, finished fourth.
 
There were several other big races on Derby Day, and many were won by horses that raced at Gulfstream Park this year or wintered and trained at Palm Meadows.
 
Those winners included: 
 
Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike, a fan favorite and winner of five stakes races at Gulfstream over the past two winters, led gate-to-wire under jockey Joe Bravo to win the Turf Classic (G1) over Slim Shadey. Brilliant Speed, fifth in Gulfstream’s Appleton (G3), was third.
 
Preakness (G1) winner Shackleford, who spent the winter at Gulfstream and finished seventh in the Donn (G1), won the Churchill Downs (G2) by a length over Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Amazombie.
 
Groupie Doll, who wintered at Gulfstream and finished third in the Inside Information (G3) and Sabin (G3), set a track record when winning the Humana Distaff (G1) over Inside Information winner Musical Romance.
 
Great Attack, who wintered at Gulfstream for trainer Wesley Ward and kicked off his 2012 season with a second-place finish in the Gulfstream Turf Sprint, won the Twin Spires Sprint (G3) over Bridgetown.