Kentucky Derby-winning horse Fusaichi Pegasus lifeless at 26

Fusaichi Pegasus, the successful horse of the 2000 Kentucky Derby, has died on account of issues of outdated age, his house owners stated Wednesday. The horse was 26.

Fusaichi Pegasus was euthanized Tuesday at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, because of the infirmities of outdated age, his farm stated. The horse was bought as a yearling for $4 million by Fusao Sekiguchi at 1998 Keeneland July sale by Corridor of Famer Neil Drysdale.


Jockey Kent Desormeaux rides the horse

Jockey Kent Desormeaux crosses the end line aboard Fusaichi Pegasus, left, to win the 126th Kentucky Derby forward of Aptitude, proper, and jockey Alex O. Solis Might 6, 2000 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (MICHELLE WILKINS/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

“Fu Peg was a improbable racehorse and a colourful character,” Ashford Stud basic supervisor Dermot Ryan stated in a news launch. “I want to thank Richard Barry and all of his staff, previous and current, for offering the very best stage of look after him all through his time at Ashford.”

Fusaichi Pegasus received the San Felipe Stakes and Wooden Memorial earlier than successful the 2000 Kentucky Derby as a 2-1 favourite. It was the primary time the favourite had received since 1979. The Kent Desormeaux-ridden horse defeated Aptitude by 1.5 lengths. He completed second within the Preakness.


Fusaichi Pegasus riding

Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, with train rider Andrew Durnin up, works 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, Might 15, 2000. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Photograph/Garry L. Jones, File)

Fusaichi Pegasus retired with six wins in 9 runnings and earnings of $1,994,4000.

The horse started his stud profession in 2001 at Ashmore, with Coolmore paying round $60 million for his stallions rights – a document on the time. He sired six champions across the world and such Grae 1 stakes winners as Bandini, Champ Pegasus, Haradasun and Roman Ruler.

Fusaichi Pegasus in the stable

2000 Kentucky Derby winner and Breeders’ Cup Basic favourite Fusaichi Pegasus sticks his tongue out whereas consuming after morning exercises Nov. 2, 2000 at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky. (JEFF HAYNES/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

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He carried out stallion duties within the Southern Hemisphere that produced Bronzo. His stud profession led to 2020.

Peter Johnson