Alysheba coming to the Kentucky Horse Park
At tonight’s National Turf Writers Association dinner, some of the great members of our industry – including my former colleague Maryjean Wall who won the Walter Haight Award for career excellence in turf writing – were honored for their distinguished service to horse racing.
While accepting the Joe Palmer Award, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron let it slip that another great racing legend was being honored in his own right when he announced his former mount 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba would be joining the Hall of Champions at Kentucky Horse Park.
Alysheba, who captured the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness en route to being named champion three-year-old that year, has been standing in Saudi Arabia since 1999 after previously standing at Lane’s End.
Now 24 years old and pensioned from stud duty, the great son of Alydar is currently the oldest living Derby winner….