At Churchill Downs, the alcohol flows copiously and continuously. Mint juleps, champagne and high-end beer lubricate the Kentucky Derby, and for a race run this year on Cinco de Mayo, it seems utterly appropriate that a horse apparently named for drinking to excess would win.
Only problem with that too-perfect scenario? The origins of Derby winner I'll Have Another's name are far more innocent.
J. Paul Reddam, the horse's owner, named him in honor of his wife's cookies – more specifically, his response every time she asks if he'd like one more cookie. It's optimism combined with satisfaction, and it's exactly what everyone associated with the horse is feeling.
Before a record crowd of more than 165,000, I'll Have Another ran down a favored and thoroughly dominant Bodemeister to cap an unlikely rise to racing's pinnacle. Bought for $11,000 in 2010 and $35,000 in 2011, the 15-1 shot brought the first-ever Derby win to Reddam, trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez. He was also the first horse in the 138-year history of the Derby to win from the 19th post.