Kentucky Derby winning horse Fusaichi Pegasus died at the age of 26
Fusaichi Pegasus, the 2000 Kentucky Derby winning horse, has died of old age complications, his owner said Wednesday. The horse is 26 years old.
Fusaichi Pegasus was euthanized Tuesday at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, due to infirmities of old age, his farm said. The horse was purchased as a one-year-old for $4 million by Fusao Sekiguchi at the July 1998 Keeneland sale by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale.
“Fu Peg is a fantastic racehorse and a colorful character,” Ashford Stud general manager Dermot Ryan said in a news release. “I want to thank Richard Barry and all of his team, past and present, for providing the highest level of care for him while he was at Ashford.”
Fusaichi Pegasus won the San Felipe Stakes and Wood Memorial before winning the 2000 Kentucky Derby as a 2–1 favorite. It was the first time the favorite had won since 1979. Kent’s horse Desormeaux beat Aptitude by 1.5 lengths. He finished second in the Preakness.
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Fusaichi Pegasus retired with six wins in nine rounds and earnings of $1,994,4000.
The colt began his stud career in 2001 at Ashmore, with Coolmore paying an estimated $60 million for the rights to his stallion – a record at the time. He sired six worldwide champions and Grae 1 stakes winners such as Bandini, Champ Pegasus, Haradasun and Roman Ruler.
He did stallion stints in the Southern Hemisphere which produced Bronzo. His stud career ends in 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.