Alysheba overcame a breathing problem early in his career, then brought his athleticism and dogged determination to 12 different race tracks, winning 2/3rds of the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, three Eclipse Awards and a place in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.

With over $6.6 million, Alysheba led the all-time earnings list until he was passed by Cigar (a future stablemate in the Hall of Champions) in 1996.

Initially retired to stud at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky, Alysheba was sold to interests in Saudi Arabia in 1999. He returned to the United States as a resident of the Hall of Champions in 2008.

Watch the isolated replay of Alysheba’s thrilling 1987 Kentucky Derby.


Bay Stallion

Foaled March 3, 1984 at Hamburg Place Farm in Lexington, Kentucky

By Alydar, out of Bel Sheba, by Lt. Stevens

Breeder: Preston W. Madden

Owners: Dorothy & Pamela Scharbauer

Trainer: Jack Van Berg

Died March 27, 2009 at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Titles / Awards

Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (1987)

Champion Older Male Horse (1988)

Horse of the Year (1988)

Inducted into the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1993)

42nd best Racehorse of the 20th century

Lifetime earnings: $6,679,242

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Notable Wins

Kentucky Derby (G1)

Preakness Stakes (G1)
Super Derby Villi (G1)
Charles H. Strub Stakes (G1)
Santa Anita Handicap (G1)
Sand Bernardino Handicap (G2)
Phillip H. Iselin Handicap (G1)
Woodward Handicap (G1)
Meadowlands Cup Handicap (G1)
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Thoroughbred horse racing is the most popular form of horse racing in the world. Thoroughbreds were developed in England by crossing three foundation sires from the Middle East with native English mares. These horses race on dirt, turf or synthetic surfaces.

Hall of Champion Resident

October 2008 to March 2009

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