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May 31, 1987 | United Press International
A victory in the Belmont Stakes by Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Alysheba would boost the colt's value as a potential sire, but not nearly as much as it would have just a few years ago. "Sweeping the Triple Crown would enhance Alysheba's initial syndication price," said Nick Nicholson, director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Assn. "To be able to go 1 miles, 1 3/16 miles and 1 1/2 is a phenomenal feat and it takes a real athlete."
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March 2, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The last time the Kentucky Derby winner returned to win the Santa Anita Handicap was 1988, when Alysheba beat 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand. Giacomo will try to join that exclusive club Saturday when he and eight others compete in the $1-million Big 'Cap, which will be run for the 69th time. Other Derby winners who completed the parlay in the Santa Anita Handicap are Spectacular Bid, Affirmed and Lucky Debonair. At this point, Giacomo can't be compared to any of these greats.
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April 24, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
If there is destiny for horses, then Alysheba is destined never to win a race again. This erratic-running, trouble-making son of Alydar will go through life finishing second and third again and again, while his owners and trainer pull their hair out. Jack Van Berg, the trainer, has little hair left as it is.
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June 27, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Real Quiet already has one thing in common with Alysheba and Sunday Silence. Owner Mike Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert hope the 1998 Kentucky Derby doesn't have another tie to the 1987 and '89 winners of the world's most famous race after the $1-million Sempra Energy Hollywood Gold Cup is official this afternoon.
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December 6, 1987 | ANDREW BEYER, The Washington Post
After the Breeders' Cup, a racing writer surveyed other members of the press to learn who their choice would be for horse of the year. He found that there was roughly equal support for Ferdinand, Theatrical and Java Gold. The Daily Racing Form echoed this view when columnist Mike Watchmaker wrote on Monday, "In the wake of the Breeders' Cup, it would seem there are three legitimate candidates for horse of the year: Ferdinand . . . Theatrical and Java Gold."
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June 7, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Trainer Jack Van Berg won't be appearing on "Good Morning America" Monday. He won't be banking $500,000, either. Van Berg's share of a potential $5-million payoff disappeared Saturday, right along with the Triple Crown championship, when Alysheba ran a dismal fourth in the Belmont Stakes, a nine-horse race when it started but a one-horse blowout at the end.
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January 28, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Alysheba, who is expected to be named 1988 horse of the year during a ceremony today at Santa Anita, has put together the strongest record since John Henry in 1981. To win racing's highest honor, Alysheba had to be better than just good last year. Two of the horses he beat in the voting--Personal Ensign, the undefeated filly, and Risen Star, winner of the Preakness and Belmont--had records that would have been good enough to win the title in many years. All but 1 of Alysheba's 9 starts were in major races, and he won 6 of them, including the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, where he ran his final race before going to stud, breaking John Henry's record by going over the $6.6-million mark in purses.
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June 8, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
As the horses were going into the gate Saturday for the 119th running of the Belmont Stakes, the odds board showed some mystifying numbers. Alysheba, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and with a victory in the Belmont would have become the 12th Triple Crown champion, was the 4-5 favorite. There was nothing wrong with that. The 64,772 fans at Belmont Park were as confident as Alysheba's jockey, Chris McCarron, who had said: "I knew we were going to win.
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November 13, 1988
One week after Alysheba became horse racing's all-time leading money-winner, owners Dorothy and Pamela Scharbauer announced Saturday that he will retire to stand at stud on a farm near Lexington, Ky. The 1987 Kentucky Derby winner won the $3-million Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 5 and raised his earnings to $6,679,242, passing John Henry's record of $6,597,947. Bred in Kentucky by Preston Madden, Alysheba is a 4-year-old son of Alydar out of Bel Sheba, by Lt. Stevens.
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December 8, 1988 | Jim Murray
I always thought Citation was the best race horse I ever saw. Then, I saw Swaps and I wasn't so sure. Then, I saw Affirmed and fell in love all over again. Affirmed did everything you'd ask of a horse and, besides, Laz Barrera, his trainer, loved him, too. Laz had trained horses all over the hemisphere but, so far as Laz was concerned, Affirmed could do everything but talk. But right now, I'm beginning to wonder if the recently retired Alysheba isn't as good as any of them.
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March 28, 1996 | From Associated Press
Nothing it seemed, not a stumble at the start or an eyeball-to-eyeball challenge in the stretch, could keep Cigar from the most stirring victory of his career. Fighting off a stretch drive by Soul Of The Matter, Cigar raced to a half-length victory in the $4-million Dubai World Cup on Wednesday. The victory was the 14th consecutive for the 1995 horse of the year, making the 6-year-old the richest racehorse in North America with more than $7 million in earnings.
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February 29, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Best Pal's groom, Jose Vera, needs to be on his toes when the 8-year-old gelding is paraded before the crowd on Santa Anita Handicap day Saturday. "There's always the chance," trainer Richard Mandella said, "that he'll think we're bringing him over there to run a mile and a quarter." He might be the last to know, but Best Pal's racing days are over, after three Santa Anita Handicaps--one of them a victory, in 1992--and 44 other races. He won 18 times, earning $5,668,245.
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May 3, 1992 | JAY PRIVMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Number nine, number nine, number nine . . . The number twirled in Pat Day's head. Nine times he had ridden in the Kentucky Derby. Nine times he had failed. It couldn't have been the track. Day is the king of Churchill Downs. He has won more races here than any other jockey. Day has spent his life winning races with goofy names such as the Cardinal Handicap, Jefferson Cup, and Locust Grove Handicap. But never the Kentucky Derby. Until Saturday. Day rode the longshot Lil E.
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January 29, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Ten voters couldn't decide between Alysheba and Personal Ensign and split their votes, but for the rest of the electorate, there was no doubt. In results announced Saturday at Santa Anita, Alysheba won the 1988 horse-of-the-year election by a far greater margin than he won most of his races. Only 1 of Alysheba's 7 victories last year was by more than three-quarters of a length, but in the horse-of-the-year voting, he defeated Personal Ensign, 179-40, with 1 vote going to Risen Star.
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January 28, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Alysheba, who is expected to be named 1988 horse of the year during a ceremony today at Santa Anita, has put together the strongest record since John Henry in 1981. To win racing's highest honor, Alysheba had to be better than just good last year. Two of the horses he beat in the voting--Personal Ensign, the undefeated filly, and Risen Star, winner of the Preakness and Belmont--had records that would have been good enough to win the title in many years. All but 1 of Alysheba's 9 starts were in major races, and he won 6 of them, including the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, where he ran his final race before going to stud, breaking John Henry's record by going over the $6.6-million mark in purses.
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January 7, 1989 | ANDREW BEYER, Washington Post
When ballots were issued for the Eclipse Awards, many conscientious voters agonized over the choice between Alysheba and Personal Ensign more than they did over the race between Bush and Dukakis. Some never could come to a satisfactory single pick for 1988's horse of the year, who will be named later this month. I haved spoken to two voters recently who said they solved their dilemma by casting half a vote for the colt, half a vote for the filly. This is nonsense.
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May 19, 1987
Woody Stephens has trained the winners of the last five Belmont Stakes, starting with Conquistador Cielo, a 14 1/2-length winner in 1982. Stephens, 73, will saddle two horses in the Belmont June 6. One is Conquistarose, a son of Conquistador Cielo. The other is Gone West. Neither raced in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness, both won Alysheba. Asked by the New York Times what he thought of Alysheba, Stephens said: "What's he been beating? He's a nice horse, but the Preakness didn't scare me."
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May 14, 1987 | United Press International
Favored Alysheba, the Kentucky Derby winner, today drew a comfortable No. 6 post, but Bet Twice, the second choice and Derby runner-up, got pinned on the rail for Saturday's 112th running of the Preakness Stakes. Stretch-running Alysheba is outside most of the speed horses and should be able to work his way to the front gradually, but Bet Twice, who prefers to run close to the lead, is inside the speed and might be forced to run too fast too early.
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January 4, 1989 | Associated Press
Alysheba, the richest race horse in history, and Personal Ensign, the first major North American race horse to finish unbeaten in 80 years, won Eclipse Awards today. Alysheba, who closed out his racing career by winning the $3-million Breeders Cup Classic, was named best older male, and Personal Ensign, who won all 13 of her starts before being retired, was named best older filly or mare. These two are the main contenders for Horse of the Year, which will be announced Jan. 28.
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December 8, 1988 | Jim Murray
I always thought Citation was the best race horse I ever saw. Then, I saw Swaps and I wasn't so sure. Then, I saw Affirmed and fell in love all over again. Affirmed did everything you'd ask of a horse and, besides, Laz Barrera, his trainer, loved him, too. Laz had trained horses all over the hemisphere but, so far as Laz was concerned, Affirmed could do everything but talk. But right now, I'm beginning to wonder if the recently retired Alysheba isn't as good as any of them.
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