MIDWAY, Ky. - The disappointment of I’ll Have Another being scratched from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes is being felt around the world, including in central Kentucky where the colt was bred at Three Chimneys Farm.
The buzz surrounding this year’s Triple Crown has been a big boost to I’ll Have Another’s sire, Flower Alley. As the father of a Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, the stallion is now heading to the breeding shed up to four times a day.
“It’s definitely made him a lot more popular with the ladies but it’s also made him a lot more popular with the fans,” says Three Chimneys spokeswoman Jen Roytz.
Roytz called the tendonitis in I’ll Have Another a heartbreaking situation and says it’s clear the horse’s wellbeing is the primary concern of its connections.
As for Flower Alley, his stud fee has doubled to $15,000. His days are spent running around the farm and getting baths.
“The saying around Three Chimneys is that every day is a new day for him, his life is like Groundhog Day.”
After I'll Have Another's win in the Preakness, someone sent Flower Alley a wheelbarrow full of apples and other horse treats.
Now instead of getting notes of congratulation, it’s likely Three Chimneys will get condolences from horse racing fans.