Owner J. Paul Reddam named I’ll Have Another for what he replies when his wife, Zillah, asks him if he would like to have another cookie.
This Saturday, he will be asking his beloved colt to give him one more win, the one that comes with the tag of racing immortality embedded.
I'll Have Another will be going for the elusive Triple Crown, but he will have to tame 10 throughout 1.5 miles around the long Belmont oval to achieve this.
He is certainly the horse with the best form and seems to be sitting on another big race. This could be great news for his connections and the fans that want to see the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
Since then, 11 very talented colts have come to Belmont with the same hopes as I'll Have Another. But they all have fallen short of the challenge from the "Test of the Champion."
Dullahan, Union Rags, Paynter and Street Life will most likely have a say in this before the race is over. They are the top four challengers that I'll Have Another will face.
If he is to be the 12th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history, it certainly will not be an easy feat to achieve.
Let's take a look a some facts and race recaps from I'll Have Another.
Flower Alley, the sire of I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another is the son of Flower Alley, out of the Arch mare Arch's Gal Edith.
Flower Alley is a son of the sprinter Distorted Humor. He was a great pace-stalker who earned over $2.5 million and won the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga in 2005 and was second on the Breeders' Cup Classic the same year.
He has produced only two other graded stakes winners in the USA, the fillies Lilacs and Lace (G1 Ashland Stakes) and Bouquet Booth (G3 Princess Stakes).
Like I'll Have Another, both fillies have inherited their sire's pace-stalking style but they have not won beyond 8.5 furlongs.
His dam, Arch's Gal Edith, is a daughter of Arch, who won at 1 1/4 miles and sired the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame. She raced only once and won at six furlongs after stalking the pace early on.
I'll Have Another has taken on his sire's ability to stalk the pace and run with a target upfront. He has made it to 10 furlongs just fine.
As is the case for everyone in the race, it remains to be seen if the additional four furlongs will make a difference or not.
Consider the top selling price of the contenders in this race: Union Rags ($390K), Paynter ($325K), Dullahan ($250K), Five Sixteen ($225K) and Street Life ($130K).
And then the ones who went under $100K: Atigun ($42K), Ravelo's Boy ($12K) and Guyana Star Dweej ($5.5K).
Optimizer and Unstoppable U are home-bred, which means they were bred by their owners. In both cases, the stallion fee was $25K for English Channel (Optimizer) and Exchange Rate (Unstoppable U).
Owner J. Paul Reddam bought I'll Have Another for just $35K at the 2010 September Yearling Sale as part of the Brookdale Sales consignment.
His pedigree is not what would be considered regally bred, which might have influenced his low selling price.
While money certainly doesn't guarantee success at a yearling sale, it does help, as you can see from what the top sellers have achieved.
I'll Have Another is one of those nice case stories that slipped by and became the Cinderella of the crop.
His owner is J. Paul Reddam, 56, president of Anaheim-based CashCall, a mortgage refinancing and high-interest personal loan company that sponsors Hollywood Park's CashCall Futurity.
He has owned over 200 thoroughbreds since 1988. His biggest wins had been the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile with Wilko, and the 2006 Breeders' Cup Turf with Red Rocks.
His trainer is Doug O'Neill, 44, and all controversy aside, he certainly knows how to prepare horses, especially claimer ones.
He claimed Lava Man for $50K and then surpassed $5.2 million in earnings. He also claimed Fleetstreet Dancer for $40K and went on to win the $2 million Japan Dirt Cup at 48-1 odds.
He also has won three Breeders' Cup races. With Stevie Wonderboy the 2005 Juvenile, Thor’s Echo the 2006 Sprint and Maryfield the 2007 Filly and Mare Sprint.
His jockey is Mario Gutierrez, 25, who is certainly young and inexperienced but calm, cool and collected like the top veteran money riders. You wouldn't know if you have only seen him on all four wins with I'll Have Another.
Beside his big wins with I'll Have Another, his other big wins are the G3 Wilshire Handicap in Hollywood Park this year and the 2009 G3 Ballerina and 2007 G3 Premiers, both at Hastings.
Creative Cause was the heavy favorite ($0.90-1). He had just defeated Bodemeister in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) and was still considered the best out west.
I'll Have Another had won the Robert B. Lewis (G2) and was a far second betting choice ($4.80-1).
Mario Gutierrez took him to a stalking second-place in the early goings behind longshot Blueskiesnrainbows ($42.30-1) who took the lead to the top of the stretch.
I'll Have Another dropped to third on the backstretch as Longview Drive took second and Creative Cause started a move on the far turn, passing I'll Have Another.
At the top of the stretch Creative Cause was leading I'll Have Another by a head and both had aim at a feisty Blueskiesnrainbows, who didn't want to surrender the lead.
In an incredibly close final stretch between the three horses, I'll Have Another prevailed by a nose over Creative Cause and half-length over Blueskiesnrainbows.
I'll Have Another won the race, but Creative Cause was still considered by most the best on the west coast.
After breaking from post No. 19 on a 20-horse field, Mario Gutierrez placed him slowly but surely to the inside and kept him out of trouble all throughout the race.
He was sixth in the early going and started inching closer to the blazing pace set by Bodemeister from the three-quarter mile pole.
As he reached the top of the stretch, Gutierrez swung him around the tiring Trinniberg and Hansen, and was second three lengths behind Bodemeister.
Under a strong urging during the stretch, I'll Have Another was able to catch Bodemeister just after the final half-furlong pole and drew away to win clear by 1.5 lengths.
He won the race and scored the upset at $15.30-1 odds. But many still felt that Bodemeister was the better horse, as he surrendered after setting up five of the fastest splits in Derby history.
I'll Have Another became the first horse to win the Derby starting from post position No. 19.
At post time bettors made Bodemeister the $1.70-1 favorite over I'll Have Another at $3.20-1.
The race developed as expected, with Bodemeister up front with easier fractionals. At the half-mile pole he was running two full seconds slower than the Derby.
I'll Have Another settled in nicely in fourth place early and started his move slowly from the three-quarter mile pole.
Bodemeister was on the lead by three lengths as they entered the stretch; I'll Have Another would have to find second gear to catch him.
In a thrilling stretch run, I'll Have Another got to Bodemeister in the red zone and edged him to win by a neck.
It was validation time for I'll Have Another as he was able to win yet again, answering the challenge with everything going Bodemeister's way.
I'll Have Another and his millionaire stable pony Lava Man.
Spectacular Bid, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Silver Charm, Smarty Jones and Big Brown, as good as they were, didn't win the Triple Crown. The question is, what chance does I'll Have Another have, then?
I'll Have Another will face 10 contenders at the long distance of 1.5 miles. It is an unknown distance for all of them, so what is equal is not an advantage.
Three of his opponents ran in either the Derby or Preakness: Dullahan (late-closing third in the Derby), Union Rags (troubled seventh in the Derby) and Optimizer (11th in the Derby and sixth in the Preakness).
The new shooters are Paynter, Street Life, Atigun, Five Sixteen, Guyana Star Dweej, Ravelo’s Boy and Unstoppable U. Besides Paynter and Street Life, the rest of the new shooters seem thoroughly overmatched or not experienced enough to be taken seriously.
It looks like half of the field is talented enough to challenge I'll Have Another on Saturday. The unknown distance and the mere history of the Triple Crown suggests he would surely suffer an upset, and it could very likely happen.
But on paper and on most fans' minds, it will be I'll Have Another's race to lose.