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Alysheba

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Alysheba
Alysheba (Barbara D. Livingston photo)
Alysheba
Induction Year: 
1993
Foaled: 
1984
Breeder: 
Preston Madden
Owner: 
Dorothy Scharbauer and Pamela Scharbauer
Trainer: 
Jack Van Berg
Sire: 
Alydar
Dam: 
Bel Sheba
Damsire: 
Lt. Stevens
Career Years: 
1986-1988
Starts: 
26
First: 
11
Second: 
8
Third: 
2
Earnings: 
$6,679,242.00

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Bio

Alysheba was a champion as a 3-year-old, Horse of the Year at age 4 and retired with the highest purse earnings in the history of the sport.

 

Bred in Kentucky by Preston Madden at Hamburg Place and purchased for $500,000 by Dorothy and Pamela Scharbauer, Alysheba was trained by Jack Van Berg and ridden primarily by Chris McCarron. As a 2-year-old in 1986, Alysheba won only a maiden race, but showed signs of promise by losing the Hollywood Futurity by a nose and finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

 

At 3, Alysheba was second in the San Felipe Stakes and finished third in the Blue Grass Stakes before winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Alysheba added a victory in the Super Derby and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to Ferdinand by a nose. Ferdinand was named Horse of the Year, while Alysheba won the Eclipse Award for Champion 3-Year-Old Colt.

 

As a 4-year-old in 1988, Alysheba won six Grade 1 races: the Charles H. Strub Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, Philip H. Iselin Handicap, Woodward Handicap, Meadowlands Cup Handicap and Breeders’ Cup Classic. He avenged his loss in the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Classic by defeating Ferdinand in the Santa Anita Handicap and San Bernardino Handicap. In the Woodward, Alysheba set a track record of 1:59⅖ for 1¼ miles. He also set a track record at Meadowlands Racetrack in the Meadowlands Cup. 

 

Alysheba concluded his career with his fourth consecutive Grade 1 victory in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Classic, defeating Seek the Gold to wrap up Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male honors. He compiled an overall record of 11-8-2 from 26 starts and owned the all-time earnings record with $6,679,242.

 

Alysheba stood at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky until 1999 when he was sold to breeding interests in Saudi Arabia. He sired 11 stakes winners, including 1994 Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow. In October 2008, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia returned Alysheba to Kentucky as a gift. He lived at the Kentucky Horse Park until he died March 27, 2009. Alysheba was buried at the Horse Park across from the grave of another legend, John Henry.

 

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