Alysheba Sent to Big Breeding Ground in the Sky

Alysheba, the ‘87 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, was put down last night after hurting his right hind leg in a fall caused by a degenerative spinal condition.  The 25-year-old stallion bred in Saudi Arabia, Versailles (KY), and Lexington in his lucrative second career after being dubbed “Horse of the Year” in 1988.  (Travis Henry is impressed.)


We now understand why Billy Gillispie was in a hurry to get out of town; he might have thought Kentuckians treat their broken-down basketball coaches in the same fashion.  (And he may not be entirely wrong.)

Alysheba’s lineage portended greatness before the first race; daddy Alydar was the Buffalo Bills of the 1978 Triple Crown, coming in second thrice to Affirmed.  (Alydar died after breaking his right hind leg as well, but it’s not clear if Alydar had help with that, especially since the leg broke twice.)