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Memorial for Racing Legend

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Friends and fans had one final chance to say goodbye to a racing legend today. A memorial service was held at the Kentucky Horse Park for Alysheba.

He was known as "America's Horse" on the racetrack, the popular thoroughbred Alysheba.

"The horse was incredible for our family", said Clarence Scharbauer III whose family raced the horse.

"He was so athletic, and so smart", says Jack C. Van Berg, the trainer for Alysheba.

"It was just a wonderful ride", said Chris McCarron, Alysheba's jockey.

Jack Van Berg, one of the men closest to Alysheba, is the trainer who picked Chris McCarron to be Alysheba's jockey.

"I didn't train him, he trained himself", Jack Van Berg says about the horse.

"I'm blessed to have been chosen to ride this horse", said Chris McCarron.

With McCarron, Alysheba went on to win the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

After retiring, Alysheba spent nine years in Saudi Arabia before being given to the U.S. last year by HM King Khaled Abdullah. After several months at the Kentucky Horse Park, he had to be euthanized after a fall in his stall.

"I know I'm not supposed to be sad, but my sadness is overcome by the joyous memories", says Chris McCarron.

Memories that men and women of all ages came to the Horse Park to celebrate one last time, saying goodbye to "America's Horse".

The 1988 Horse of the Year won the Breeders Cup Classic and retired as racing's all time money winner with more than 6.6 million in earning from 11 wins in 26 lifetime starts.


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