FLOWER ALLEY: ANOTHER VIRGINIA CONNECTION TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (left) (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

When I’ll Have Another charged into the history books winning the 138th Kentucky Derby, he added another footnote in the history books for Virginia.

Flower Alley, the sire of I’ll Have Another, was purchased by Virginians Bruce and Edie Smart at the 2002 Keeneland November Sale for $50,000 and resold at the 2003 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $165,000.  He was purchased from the Smarts by the Melnyk Racing Stables of Laura and Eugene Melnyk reportedly because his dam’s name is  Princess Olivia and the Melnyks have a daughter named Olivia.

Flower Alley handily won the $1,000,000 Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on August 27, 2005 and he won the Lane’s End Stakes, the Jim Dandy and the Salvator Mile while amassing $2,533,910 in career earnings.

The Smart’s Trappe Hill Farm manager at the time, Wayne Van Sant,  picked out the Distorted Humor colt among the thousands available at the Kentucky auction.

Flower Alley is currently standing at stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky and is ranked second on the General Sire list behind Empire Maker with $2,956,096 in progeny earnings so far this year.