Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 20, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

WHO:  The Kentucky Horse Park


WHAT:  Public Memorial Service for Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba


WHEN:  Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30pm


WHERE:  Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park


WHY:  Known as “America’s Horse” on the racetrack, the popular Alysheba spent most of his retirement at stud at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm before moving to Saudi Arabia for nearly nine years.  He was then given to the American people by HM King Khaled Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.  Alysheba was euthanized as the result of an accident, after having spent only a few months at the Kentucky Horse Park.  During that brief time he was reacquainted with many of his racing fans, became a popular attraction at the park, and was loved by his caretakers. 


HOW:  Media and guests are asked to park in the main parking lot and go through the Visitor Information Center.  Shuttles will be available for media with equipment.  Broadcast vehicles may park in back of the Hall of Champions.  The public is invited to attend and there will be no charge for park admission for guests arriving after 3pm. 



The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted nearly 900,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2008.  The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.   Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses.   Open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.