Fusaichi Pegasus, 2000 Derby winner, dies at 26

VERSAILLES, Ky.– Fusaichi Pegasus, the 2000 Kentucky Derby champion, has actually passed away. He was 26.

He was euthanized Tuesday at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, because of the imperfections of old age, the ranch stated Wednesday.

Nicknamed “Fu Peg,” he was bought as a yearling for $4 million by Fusao Sekiguchi at the 1998 Keeneland July sale. He was educated by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale.

Fusaichi Pegasus won the San Felipe Risks as well as Timber Memorial prior to winning the 2000 Kentucky Derby as the 2-1 favored, the very first time a fave had actually won considering that 1979.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Fusaichi Pegasus won the Derby by 1 1/2 sizes over Capacity. He additionally came to be the highest-priced equine bought at public auction to win the Derby. He ended up second in the Preakness.

He retired with 6 victories in 9 profession beginnings as well as profits of $1,994,400.

He started his stud profession in 2001 at Ashford, with Coolmore paying a reported $60 million for his stallion civil liberties, a document at the time. He sired 6 champs worldwide as well as such Quality 1 risks victors as Bandini, Champ Pegasus, Haradasun as well as Roman Leader. He carried out stallion obligations in the southerly hemisphere that generated Bronzo, that won equine of the year. His stud profession finished in 2020.

” Fu Peg was a great racehorse as well as a vibrant personality,” Ashford Stud basic supervisor Dermot Ryan stated.

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