I'll Have Another - The Winner's Circle

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Estate Cafe LLC

I'll Have Another - 2012 Kentucky DerbyI'll Have Another... I'm not talking about having another round of drinks... although, there's plenty of reason to celebrate on this 5th day of May, Cinco de Mayo!  I'll Have Another is the name of a beautiful thoroughbred that won the 2012 Kentucky Derby today! 

What made this day more special was my daughter (Rachael)  and son-in-law (Alex) had the exciting opportunity to be in the Winner's Circle at the Kentucky Derby this afternoon, with their friend and owner of I'll Have Another, Paul Reddam.  Last month, Paul invited Alex to watch his horse run at Santa Anita, and if he won, Paul promised to fly Alex and Rachael to the Kentucky Derby on his private jet.  Little did they know that I'll Have Another would not only win at Santa Anita, but also go on to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby! 

I'll Have Another wasn't the crowd favorite.  In fact, he posted from Gate No. 19, which no horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby starting from that position.  He trailed in seventh for most of the race and surprisingly inched up to first in the home stretch.  And just like Santa Anita, I'll Have Another gave the crowd an exciting First Place Show.  Here's a video clip for those of you who missed it! 

Incidentally, I'll Have Another's catchy name doesn't have anything to do with alcohol.  Every evening, Paul Reddam's wife asks him if he would like any more cookies... 'I'll have another' is always his response ;)))   


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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Port St Lucie, FL
Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist

Now that's a really special day that they will not soon forget.  Talk about having friends in the right places.

May 05, 2012 07:51 PM #1
Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

Mel , that is so cool that your daughter and son in law got to go first class to the Kentucky Derby.   I'm sure they will have lots of stories to tell when they get home.

May 05, 2012 09:15 PM #2
The Friendly Home Team
Realty Pro Oregon, LLC - Beaverton, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I'm take bets that the person who bet on "I'll have another" is in a very good mood tonight buying cookies or rounds for everyone.


May 05, 2012 09:22 PM #3
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I think it's grand to go 1st class anywhere but to the Derby is special. I'll Have Another was a 15-1 shot. Good payoff!. We'll see if the Preakness can bring a possible Triple Crown Winner

May 05, 2012 09:52 PM #4
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

How exciting for you daughter and son-in-law to be in the winners circle Mel. Not too many can say that they have done that.

May 06, 2012 12:21 AM #5
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Very cool that Rachael and Alex got to attend the Kentucky Derby, but even cooler that "I'll Have Another" won the derby and they wound up in the Winners Circle and in the photos.  I'm sure you posted something about it, but last I read, Alex was in the hospital................hope all is well with him.

May 06, 2012 01:32 AM #6
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

How exciting a race and what a great connection in your family you all had there Mel. I did not know the background on the name either, but very memorable. That horse was back there in 7th at one point. What a come from behind victory.

May 06, 2012 06:18 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing


What a great story!  We love those winners that come out of nowhere, and how wonderful that your daughter and son in law were there with the winners.  Glad to hear Alex is on the mend...Wishing you a fabulous Sunday.  A

May 06, 2012 08:14 AM #8
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Yeah Kevin... Alex is pretty connected!  They had a great time ;)))

It's a once in a lifetime thing for sure... Jim!

Indeed Todd... and my kids made some money too ;)

It was a fantastic payoff... Doug!  I wish I had placed a bet!

May 06, 2012 09:58 AM #9
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

That's for sure... Tom!  I guess it's all about 'who' ya know!

Totally cool... and amazing that just 1.5 weeks ago, Alex was in the hospital and we were all on pins and needles!  Life turns on a dime, doesn't it... Roger!  He's doing much better!

It was a great race to watch... Gary!  And one of the best stories from this is the owner of the horse, Paul Reddam, decided to give a rookie jockey a chance... boy did that decision pay off!

Isn't it... Alexandra.  There are are few layers to this story that I'll tell you when I see you in person ;)))  Hope you two have fun exploring on this beautiful Sunday!

May 06, 2012 10:04 AM #10
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Mel, exciting experience for Alex and Rachael.  Health Permitting was the unseen favorite.  

Beating the odds is always very satisfying.  A huge underdog, Done Talking won the Illinois Derby and was thrilled to make the Triple Crown.  Done Talking is sired by Broken Vow.   Gotta love catchy horse names....as you say!   B

May 06, 2012 11:59 AM #11
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Brian... and did you know that Sunday Silence was sired by Halo out of Wishing Well by Understanding ;)))  Too funny!

Sunday Silence - Triple Crown 1989

May 06, 2012 12:21 PM #12
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Mel, it's very sad that Sunday Silence died awhile ago.  B  

May 06, 2012 12:35 PM #13
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

Mel, what a great story! And how fun for your kiddos! Not many people get to stand in the Winners Circle at Churchill Downs - that is a moment that will last a lifetime! I myself am a Derby freak - I watch it every year, without fail, no matter where I am or what I'm doing. This year I was at home on the couch, but I wouldn't let that keep me from properly dolling up OR from studying the entrants very seriously....


May 07, 2012 08:25 AM #14
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Yes, that's sad... Brian.

Look at you... MEA... sportin' your Hollywood glasses and brown rimmed hat... so cute!  Nice to know you're an endearing Derby fan!  Wasn't that a cool finish?!  I'll Have Another did the same thing at Santa Anita... only he snuck in by a nose ;)))

May 07, 2012 12:47 PM #15
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Mel....

Sounds like your family enjoyed a big day at the Derby!  Memories in the making... how cool!  We missed the big race due to being at an AR meet up in Santa Fe but heard all about it from Debbie's dad.   

May 07, 2012 06:54 PM #16
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Mel, I can read the excitement in your voice and so glad that it happened for Alex and Rachael certainly a highlight of anyones life.

May 08, 2012 08:47 AM #17
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Mel, at the risk of sounding totally redundant...wow ...how cool is that?? And so close to my neck of the woods.
May 08, 2012 07:01 PM #18
Curtis Van Carter
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Thanks for posting the video, I missed it and only saw who won in Sunday's paper. Great race and what fun to know how the horse was named. cheers cvc

May 10, 2012 12:41 PM #19
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