Fusaichi Pegasus, the successful horse of the 2000 Kentucky Derby, has died on account of issues of outdated age, his house owners stated Wednesday.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Fusaichi Pegasus was euthanized Tuesday at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, because of the infirmities of outdated age, his farm stated.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.
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“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.
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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.
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He carried out stallion duties within the Southern Hemisphere that produced Bronzo. His stud profession led to 2020.