Alysheba Is Coming Home

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.

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  • by Mike Location: PIneville on Oct 24, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    "America's horse is to be honored at a welcome home ceremonyon Oct. 31." Congrads Ky, your tax dollars at work!!!
  • by Sandra Location: Winchester on Oct 24, 2008 at 05:43 AM
    Wonderful news for Kentucky. I can't wait to go visit him. I remember him in the Derby when he nearly fell but managed to get up and win the race. He is one of the greats.


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