Horse racing great "Alysheba" has been laid to rest at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Horse Park officials say "Alysheba" fell down in his stall Friday afternoon. He suffered a broken femur in his right hind leg. The injury was described as "insurmountable." Because of the nature of the injury and the subsequent pain it was causing the 25-year-old thoroughbred, those responsible for the horse's care decided it was most humane to put him down.
"Alysheba" was buried outside of the Hall of Champions at the Horse Park Saturday morning. His grave is within feet of that belonging to "John Henry."
In 1987, "Alysheba" won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and an Eclipse Award as a 3-year-old. In 1988, he won six Grade 1 stakes: the Strub Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, Iselin Handicap, Woodward Stakes, Meadowlands Cup, and the Breeders' Cup Classic. Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron rode "Alysheba" in 17 consecutive starts. McCarron told NEWSFIRST that he will never forget when he won the Breeders' Cup and saw fans holding up signs that read "Alysheba for President."
"Alysheba" was bred in the Bluegrass but spent the past nine years in Saudi Arabia. He returned to Lexington last October and had been residing at the Hall of Champions along with other horse racing greats including "Cigar" and "Funny Cide."
"Alysheba's" career earnings totaled $6,679,242. He was the world's richest thoroughbred until "Cigar" came along.
Horse Park officials are planning a public memorial for "Alysheba" and expect it to take place before Derby Day which is May 2nd.