Kentucky Horse Park
MEDIA INVITATION - Dedication and Unveiling of Kentucky Derby Winner Alysheba's Memorial Statue

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 14, 2010  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209, Cindy.Rullman@ky.gov  


WHO:  The Kentucky Horse Park and the family of Clarence Scharbauer

WHAT:  Dedication and unveiling of new Alysheba bronze statue at his gravesite

WHEN:  Friday, April 16, 2pm

WHERE:  Hall of Champions, Kentucky Horse Park

WHY:  Clarence Scharbauer III, whose family raced Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba, has commissioned a bronze statue for Alysheba's grave, created by sculptor Shelley Hunter.  Before coming to the Kentucky Horse Park, Alysheba spent the previous eight years of his life in the royal stables of His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.  Known on the track as "America's horse," he was sent to the Kentucky Horse Park as a gift from His Majesty to the American people in October 2008.

Bred by Preston Madden at Hamburg Place in Lexington, Alysheba (Alydar-Bel Sheba, by Lt. Stevens) was sold as a yearling to Dorothy and Pam Scharbauer who campaigned him under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer, Jack Van Berg. 

Alysheba won the 1987 Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1), Super Derby (G1) and an Eclipse Award as Champion three-year-old colt.  As a four-year-old, he was even better, winning six Grade 1 stakes:  the Strub Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, Iselin Handicap, Woodward Stakes, Meadowlands Cup and the Breeders' Cup Classic. He was ridden in 17 consecutive starts by Hall of Fame Jockey, Chris McCarron.  

Media availability with Clarence Scharbauer III, Preston Madden, Chris McCarron, Shelley Hunter and Kentucky Horse Park executive director John Nicholson.

HOW:  Please park in the main parking lot and go through the Visitor Center.  Golf cart shuttles will be available to the Hall of Champions.  Broadcast vehicles may park behind the Hall of Champions.  The public is invited.  Included with park admission.