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Preakness 2012: Owner J. Paul Reddam Not A Typical Owner And I'll Have Another Not A Typical Horse

I'll Have Another has a chance on Saturday to move one step closer to a prize that hasn't been claimed since 1978: horse racing's Triple Crown. Via the Los Angeles Times, I'll Have Another is a horse that lacks your typical owned-and-raced-by-blue-bloods pedigree:

His owner is J. Paul Reddam, who uses the initial because his father was also John Paul. He is a rare PhD in philosophy who wanders the backside of racetracks comfortably. He is president of the California-based finance company CashCall, which pays better than his previous professorship at USC.

He named the horse after his habit of eating cookies on the couch and asking his wife, Zillah, for another. Zillah set the record straight here.

"Contrary to popular belief," she said, "I don't just sit around and bake cookies."

I'll Have Another will again face Bodemeister, the horse he triumphed over in the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Bodemeister is the favorite as of Friday evening, with odds at 7/4. Odds for I'll Have Another are at 5/2.

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