Hall of Fame, Horses

Alysheba
Bay colt foaled in 1984. by Alydar-Bel Sheba, by Lt. Stevens

Inducted:1993
Breeder:Preston Madden
Owner:Dorothy and Pamela Scharbauer
Trainer:Jack Van Berg

Race History
YearAgeStartsFirstSecondThirdEarned
198627141$359,486
1987310331$2,511,156
198849710$3,808,600
 Totals:261182$6,679,242

Alysheba streaks to victory in the Strub Stakes ©Santa Anita Photo

Alysheba streaks to victory in the Strub Stakes
©Santa Anita Photo

The Scharbauers purchased Alysheba for half a million dollars, but with career earnings in excess of 6 million dollars, his price seems reasonable. He broke his maiden in a 1 1/16 mile race at Turfway Park, which he won by 8 lengths, leading all the way.

At 3, Alysheba was disqualified and placed third in the Blue Grass Stakes, but he came back to post an upset victory in the Kentucky Derby, to win the Preakness and the Super Derby, and to finish fourth in the Belmont Stakes. Alysheba's 4th year began with victories in the Strub Stakes, Santa Anita and San Bernardino Handicaps. He then came east to win the Philip H. Iselin, Woodward and Meadowlands Cup. Alysheba's career ended with a half-length victory in the Breeder's Cup Classic and record-setting earnings for his final season. Alysheba capped his career with two Eclipse Awards: Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year. He retired as the world's richest Thoroughbred, a record recently broken by Cigar.

Alysheba was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1993.

Alysheba wins the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Chris McCarron up ©Churchill Downs Inc./Kinetic Corp.

Alysheba wins the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Chris McCarron up
©Churchill Downs Inc./Kinetic Corp.

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