On to the Preakness for I’ll Have Another
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Doug O’Neill spent all evening celebrating I’ll Have Another’s victory in the Kentucky Derby, finally returning to his hotel room about 2 a.m. Sunday.
The party began at the trainer’s barn at Churchill Downs, moved to a charity dinner and ended up at a downtown hotel where the colt’s owner, J. Paul Reddam, had reserved the 25th floor for about 100 people.
As O’Neill walked to his room, he saw dozens of morning newspapers lining the hallway. The bold black headline blared, “I’ll Have Another!” with a huge photo of the chestnut colt edging past Bodemeister to win the Derby by 1 1/2 lengths.