Fusaichi Pegasus Wins!

FUSAICHI PEGASUS broke to the inside, saved ground along the backstretch, swung out approaching the quarter pole and edged clear under vigorous hand urging. APTITUDE was with the winner along the backstretch, eased outside FUSAICHI PEGASUS nearing the final sixteenth and finished determinedly but wasn?t good enough. IMPEACHMENT was outrun until the stretch while saving ground, rallied steadily along the inside to finish willingly but unable to threaten the top two. MORE THAN READY moved inside to stalk the dueling leaders from the rail soon after the break, he then slipped through along the rail to gain along even terms for the lead when straightened out in the drive, then failed to sustain the needed momentum. WHEELAWAY worked his way inside on the first turn, came out five wide approaching the stretch, then lugged in badly, bothering CAPTAIN STEVE and forcing that one in and flattened out. CHINA VISIT was unhurried early, then followed the winner seven wide on the second turn while rallying, then, after being bumped slightly about the sixteenth pole when CAPTAIN STEVE drifted out, lacked a further response. CURULE leaned in at the start and bumped HIGH YIELD, raced within striking distance while three wide around the second turn, angled out five wide in the drive but came up empty. CAPTAIN STEVE, within easy striking distance while between horses nearing the end of the backstretch, was put to a drive beginning the second turn, rallied three wide to gain a slight advantage a quarter mile then, after being bothered in the upper stretch, drifted out while tiring. WAR CHANT, unhurried on the backstretch while racing just outside FUSAICHI PEGASUS, was finished after seven furlongs. DEPUTY WARLOCK, outside on the backstretch, came to the extreme outside for the drive and passed tired rivals. TRIPPI went up to alternate for the lead outside HAL?S HOPE, battled on about even terms until the stretch and gave way. EXCHANGE RATE, five or six wide throughout, was finished at the far turn. ANEES swerved in at the start while breaking awkwardly, saved ground but failed to menace. THE DEPUTY (IRE) failed to mount a rally while wide throughout. HIGH YIELD bumped at the start and caught five wide entering the first turn, continued wide and was finished approaching the stretch. HAL?S HOPE dueled inside for a mile and tired. COMMENDABLE was also wide while not a factor. RONTON, off a bit slow, failed to reach contention. GRAEME HALL showed speed for seven furlongs, gave way and was eased.

Trainer

Neil D. Drysdale

Hailing from Surrey, England, Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale trained Fusaichi Pegasus to vistory in the 2000 Kentucky Derby as well as 1980 Kentucky Oaks winner Bold 'n Determined and 1983 winner Princess Rooney.  Drysdale also trained Blemont Stakes winner A.P. Indy to the 1992 Horse of the Year Award, and has sattled sever Breeders' Cup winners in his career. Other notable horses he has trined include: Hollywood Wildcat, Tasso and War Chant. // Full Bio...

Jockey

Kent Desormeaux

Like many other top jockeys, Desormeaux is a product of Louisiana and started his riding career at Evangeline Downs. He has won the Kentucky Derby on three occasions guiding Real Quiet in 1998, Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000, and Big Brown in 2008. Desormeaux was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and has won the Eclipse Award for top jockey three times. Other top horses include Paddy O'Prado, Summer Bird, Dullahan, and C. S. Silk. // Full Bio...

Owner

Fusao Sekiguchi

Fusao Sekiguchi is a Japanese venture capitalist, Chairman of the Board and majority sharholder in Venture Safe Net, Inc of Tokyo.  His horse Fusaichi Pegasus won the 2000 Kentucky Derby. // Full Bio...

Breeder

Arthur B. Hancock, III. & Stonerside Ltd.

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1975-2000

The Bicentennial to the Dawn of Simulcasting

As president, Lynn Stone headed the efforts that ended two separate takeover attempts by Brownell Combs II of Spendthrift Farm and Irwin L. Jacobs, respectively in 1984. In August 1984, Stone resigned, following huge financial losses that resulted from two years of failed summer racing. Stone was replaced by acting President Thomas H. Meeker, a former general counsel to Churchill Downs while with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. In September 1984, Meeker was named permanently to the position.

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# Contender Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
1 Fusaichi Pegasus Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Fusao Sekiguchi Arthur B. Hancock, III. & Stonerside Ltd.
2 Aptitude Alex Solis Robert Frankel Juddmonte Farms Juddmonte Farms
3 Impeachment Craig Perret Todd Pletcher Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell) Courtlandt Farm
4 More Than Ready John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Woodlynn Farm
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Kentucky Derby 126 Race Recap

FUSAICHI PEGASUS broke to the inside, saved ground along the backstretch, swung out approaching the quarter pole and edged clear under vigorous hand urging. APTITUDE was with the winner along the backstretch, eased outside FUSAICHI PEGASUS nearing the final sixteenth and finished determinedly but wasn?t good enough. IMPEACHMENT was outrun until the stretch while saving ground, rallied steadily along the inside to finish willingly but unable to threaten the top two. MORE THAN READY moved inside to stalk the dueling leaders from the rail soon after the break, he then slipped through along the rail to gain along even terms for the lead when straightened out in the drive, then failed to sustain the needed momentum. WHEELAWAY worked his way inside on the first turn, came out five wide approaching the stretch, then lugged in badly, bothering CAPTAIN STEVE and forcing that one in and flattened out. CHINA VISIT was unhurried early, then followed the winner seven wide on the second turn while rallying, then, after being bumped slightly about the sixteenth pole when CAPTAIN STEVE drifted out, lacked a further response. CURULE leaned in at the start and bumped HIGH YIELD, raced within striking distance while three wide around the second turn, angled out five wide in the drive but came up empty. CAPTAIN STEVE, within easy striking distance while between horses nearing the end of the backstretch, was put to a drive beginning the second turn, rallied three wide to gain a slight advantage a quarter mile then, after being bothered in the upper stretch, drifted out while tiring. WAR CHANT, unhurried on the backstretch while racing just outside FUSAICHI PEGASUS, was finished after seven furlongs. DEPUTY WARLOCK, outside on the backstretch, came to the extreme outside for the drive and passed tired rivals. TRIPPI went up to alternate for the lead outside HAL?S HOPE, battled on about even terms until the stretch and gave way. EXCHANGE RATE, five or six wide throughout, was finished at the far turn. ANEES swerved in at the start while breaking awkwardly, saved ground but failed to menace. THE DEPUTY (IRE) failed to mount a rally while wide throughout. HIGH YIELD bumped at the start and caught five wide entering the first turn, continued wide and was finished approaching the stretch. HAL?S HOPE dueled inside for a mile and tired. COMMENDABLE was also wide while not a factor. RONTON, off a bit slow, failed to reach contention. GRAEME HALL showed speed for seven furlongs, gave way and was eased.