May 7, 2012

I’ll Have Another wasn’t the only winner Saturday night at the 138th Kentucky Derby. Farrier Jim Jimenez, who shod the horse, also shares in the victory.    

Jimenez (right) with I'll Have Another Sunday after the Kentucky Derby. Photo courtesy of Dan Burke and Farrier Product Distribution

Jimenez, of El Segundo, Calif., shod the chestnut colt using Kerckhaert Tradition XT fronts and Tradition Regular Toe hinds with toe clips.

It was a good race for Kerckhaert, who had shoes on the top three finishers: I’ll Have Another, Bodemeister and Dullahan.

I’ll Have Another came from post position 19 to overtake Bodemeister to win and is now looking to take next step towards becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

Jimenez was reunited with the horse after the victory.  

“We saw the horse Sunday evening after the race and it took some firm handling from his groom to get him away from his feed bucket to get a few pictures,” reports Burke and Farrier Product Distribution.

American Farriers Journal interviewed Jimenez at the International Hoof-Care Summit in 2010. In this video, he shares how he helped shoe a racehorse Lava Man (now retired) via email while the horse was preparing for a race in Japan.

>>Watch the video here