LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - America's horse is returning to America.
Alysheba is returning to his native Kentucky after eight years in Saudi Arabia.
The Kentucky Horse Park said in a statement Thursday that one of the most decorated thoroughbreds of all time will live in a stall at the Lexington park formerly occupied by the late John Henry.
Alysheba's transfer is a gift to the American people from Saudi King Abdullah. Raised in Versailles, the horse known on the track as "America's horse" is to be honored at a welcome home ceremony
on Oct. 31.
Alysheba was the world's richest thoroughbred until his new horse park stablemate, Cigar, came along. Curlin has since passed both in career earnings.
Among the career highlights for the former Horse of the Year are victories in the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and 1988 Breeders Cup Classic.