Monday, March 30, 2009


Alysheba, whose sire was the great Alydar, was euthanized at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute on March 27th following a fall in his stall.

Alysheba won the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He was one the many champions sired by Aydar. Others included: Easy Goer, Turkoman, Strike the Gold, Criminal Type, Althea, Alydaress, Benchmark, Stella Madrid, and Miss Oceana.
Everyone remembers Alydar as the runner up to Affirmed in the great Triple Crown races of 1978. In the breeding category, Alydar more then made up for it.

Alydar died under suspect circumstances in 1990.
His story is examined in the book by Ann Hagedorn Auerbach, Wild Ride, The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty.

The stallion was named after one of Rita Hayworth's ex-husbands: Alydar's co-owners, Gene and Lucille Markey, used the term "Aly darling" for their friend, Aly Khan.

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