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  • Alysheba euthanized

    Just got the alert in my email. Goodbye, beautiful boy. Glad you made it back home.

    Here's the link to the bloodhorse alert: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-raci.../alysheba-dead
    Last edited by Vivace; Mar. 28, 2009, 11:41 AM. Reason: Added link

  • #2
    Sad to see him go. Rest in peace Alysheba

    [Edited my pointless drivel]
    Last edited by Glimmerglass; Mar. 28, 2009, 12:00 PM.


    • #3
      He was put down as the result of an accident last night at the KHP.


      • #4
        Hard to believe it was 20 years ago, and they're both gone now... Alysheba and Sunday Silence.


        • #5
          Heard about this last night-- a friend of mine is a volunteer out there. Was really hoping this was just a horrible rumor.
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          • #6
            Godspeed Alysheba
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            • #7
              How sad, I loved watching him race and was looking forward to seeing him at my next visit to the KHP. Rest in peace Alysheba


              • Original Poster

                An official release:

                1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Alysheba was euthanized at the Kentucky Horse Park Friday night, Horse Park officials confirm.

                Alysheba fell in his stall on Friday afternoon and was not able to get up. Dr. Nathan Slovis was immediately called to the Kentucky Horse Park, and an equine ambulance transported Alysheba to the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute directly across the road from the park. Dr. Slovis and his team treated Alysheba and evaluated his condition. By evening, it was clear that he had sustained an insurmountable injury.

                "Due to a chronic degenerative spinal condition that led to ataxia and instability, Alysheba fell in his stall yesterday injuring his right hind femur," said Kathy Hopkins, Kentucky Horse Park Director of Equine Operations. "Complicated by his advanced age, this trauma resulted in severe pain that did not respond to analgesic therapy. The resulting pain and suffering, and the inability to stand unaided, led to a joint decision for euthanasia. This very difficult decision was made by the veterinary staff of Hagyard Medical, the veterinary staff of His Majesty King Abdullah, and those who loved and cared for him at the Kentucky Horse Park."

                "Alysheba had just become part of the Kentucky Horse Park family last fall and we were looking forward to having him for many years to come," said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. "Discussions with Dr. Slovis and King Abdullah's team, however, led us to conclude that this was the right thing to do for Alysheba, and Hagyard's staff performed admirably in such a difficult situation. I am grateful to His Majesty for giving us the opportunity to enjoy this special horse and share him again with his many fans, and I am happy that his last days were spent here on his native soil."

                Frank McGovern, General Manager of King Abdullah's stables in Saudi Arabia, participated in the decision and thanked the park staff for trying to save Alysheba. He stated "his injury is one of those incidents that is not uncommon in older horses, and, unfortunately, nothing can ever be done. I am glad that he was back home and enjoying the first shoots of Spring before this happened." He added his thanks to the Kentucky Horse Park team "for their work in making Alysheba a star again."

                Before coming to the Kentucky Horse Park, Alysheba spent the previous eight years of his life in the royal stables of His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, after standing his first years at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Known on the track as "America's horse," he was sent to the Kentucky Horse Park as a gift to the American people in October 2008.

                Bred by Preston Madden at Hamburg Place in Lexington, Alysheba (Alydar-Bel Sheba, by Lt. Stevens) was sold as a yearling to Dorothy and Pam Scharbauer for $500,000. They campaigned him under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer, Jack Van Berg, who said, "He stuck out like a diamond in a rock pile." Later, Van Berg observed, "He was so smart he knew what he was doing all the time."

                Alysheba won the 1987 Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1), Super Derby (G1), and an Eclipse Award as Champion 3-year-old colt. As a 4-year-old, he was even better, winning six Grade 1 stakes: the Strub Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, Iselin Handicap, Woodward Stakes, Meadowlands Cup and the Breeders' Cup Classic. He was ridden in 17 consecutive starts by Hall of Fame Jockey, Chris McCarron. Alysheba is listed at #42 on The Blood-Horse magazine's list of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, one notch above another Kentucky Derby-winner, Northern Dancer.

                His career highlights also included Horse of the Year honors and track records for 1 1/4 miles at Belmont and The Meadowlands. Along the way, he defeated Risen Star, Forty Niner, Bet Twice, Seeking the Gold, and another Kentucky Derby-winner, the ill-fated Ferdinand. Until two-time Horse of the Year Cigar came along, Alysheba was the world's richest Thoroughbred, with earnings of $6,679,242.

                A memorial service for Alysheba will be planned at a later date.


                • #9
                  RIP, Alysheba. My first day ever at live races was Churchill Downs for the 1987 Derby. The trip was a high school graduation gift, and I went with my Mom. We were in the bleachers at the head of the stretch, right where he tripped and got back up, and he always had a special place in my heart since then. I'm sure there have been faster horses in racing history, but he epitomized a champion for me that day. My non horsey Mom always until her recent dementia remembered him and John Henry, whom we met at the KHP. They were the only two TBs she "got to see the personality of," as she put it.

                  I had hoped to see him again at the WEG in 2010. Will he be buried at the park?


                  • #10
                    Does anyone know what happened? The link only contains a single sentence..............Alysheba dead.
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                    • #11
                      He fell in his stall and injured his femur. Was taken to Hagyard but because of his advanced age and his preexisting degenerative spinal condition it was decided to put him down.


                      • #12
                        Oh gosh, yesterday was not a good day for Thoroughbreds in the Bluegrass My barn is only 5 miles south of the Ky Horse Park and Hagyard, Davidson, & McGee and while we were dealing with Tune's death (see Off Course), right up the road they were dealing with Alysheba's injury and subsequent euthanasia!

                        When it rains it pours (and yesterday was a rainy day in the Bluegrass) I'm so sorry for Aly and his connections and I bet the folks who worked with him are devastated! I have a friend who volunteers up there in fact.... I know he will be deeply saddened by Aly's death

                        My best friends and I went to see Aly in early January so I am glad to say that I got to see a living legend just once. He was so stately and grand...

                        RIP Alysheba, you were one of the greats!

                        I'll share with you a photo I took when I saw him in January
                        ~ Shannon Hayden ~


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by spookhorse View Post
                          RIP Alysheba, you were one of the greats!

                          I'll share with you a photo I took when I saw him in January
                          Agreed. Thanks so much for such a cool picture!

                          And condolences on your loss too.

                          The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.



                          • #14
                            Extremely sadden to hear the news. I'm so glad he was in America.
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                            • #15
                              Wow, what a sad story! May he rest in great peace.

                              Thanks for sharing the news
                              "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique


                              • #16
                                Thanks for the thrills Old Man! Thanks for introducing me to racing with flare! I know I will never forget you!


                                • #17
                                  Oh nooooo. Damn.

                                  I'm glad he was in America too, if only just for that a few more of his fans had a chance to see him.


                                  • #18
                                    I am glad he came home. I was so looking forward to seeing him at the end of Apirl when I go to Rolex. My horse;s grand daddy was Bet Twice, Alysheba's arch rival.....
                                    RIP peace my friend may you gallop with the others over the rainbow bridge....
                                    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
                                    Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
                                    "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by spookhorse View Post

                                      My best friends and I went to see Aly in early January so I am glad to say that I got to see a living legend just once. He was so stately and grand...

                                      RIP Alysheba, you were one of the greats!

                                      I'll share with you a photo I took when I saw him in January

                                      We were just there earlier this month, I am so glad to have gotten to see him...even if I about froze from the cold!

                                      Tara, Formerly BlackWatchLady
                                      Located In Illinois


                                      • #20
                                        RIP pretty boy