Alysheba streaks to victory in the Strub Stakes
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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
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