|Alysheba is readjusting to Kentucky’s winter climate. December 2008|
On October 31, 2008, the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner returned to his home state. Alysheba, once known as “America’s Horse,” will enjoy retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions after spending the last eight years in Saudi Arabia.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia helped to orchestrate Alysheba’s return to the United States as a gift to the American people. After a quarantine period in Dubai followed by another in Kentucky, the 24-year-old Thoroughbred now makes his home at the Kentucky Horse Park in the stall formerly occupied by another racing great, John Henry.
Among those present at Alysheba’s reception were: trainer Jack Van Berg; his breeder, Preston Madden; and his rider, Chris McCarron.