Saturday, November 01, 2008

Quote Of The Day - Alysheba Returns

“We are grateful that King Abdullah entrusted one of his favorite horses to the care of the Kentucky Horse Park as stewards of his gift to the people of the United States. “Throughout history, the horse has transcended nations and brought cultures together. Alysheba is a symbol of good will between people and nations. He will be appreciated and cherished by the nearly one-million guests who visit the Kentucky Horse Park each year and by racing fans across the country for many years to come.”
-John Nicholson, the Horse Park’s executive director

Alysheba, the 1988 Horse of the Year and champion older horse, was welcomed back to Kentucky on Friday by an enthusiastic crowd that gathered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington to see the oldest living Kentucky Derby (G1) winner. Kentucky-bred Alysheba was sent to the Horse Park as a gift to the American people from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. After spending the first ten years of his stud career at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End in Versailles,
Kentucky, Alysheba was purchased in February 2000 by Saudi Arabian Prince Miteb bin Abdullah and was sent to stand at the prince’s Janadriyah Stud Farm on the outskirts of the capital city of Riyadh.


Kara said...

Interesting. I don't think I even knew he was still alive.

greenpeace2 said...

How old is he, like Kara I didnt know he was still with us?

Nora said...

24 (25 in January) He won the 1987 Derby.