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The statue in the graveyard at Ashford Stud

Coolmore America's Ashford Stud

Date: 4/30/2015

It was cool and sunny at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud in Versailles on the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby. It is a beautiful place, immaculately maintained, and they have some excellent stallions. Each barn had a walking ring for the horses to be displayed in with an extra large one by the main barn. We came through on a tour but I was lucky to see seven of their stallion out of their stalls. They have three Kentucky Derby starters sired by thier stallions this year: Carpe Diem by Giant's Causeway, El Kabeir by Scat Daddy, and International Star by Fusaichi Pegasus.

2015 Kentucky Derby Entries

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Fusaichi Pegasus is best remembered as the 2000 Kentucky Derby winner and for the $60 million paid by Coolmore to purchase him from owner Fusao Sekiguchi. Along with the Derby he also won the Wood Memorial, San Felipe, and the Jerome, and was second in the Preakness. The son of Mr. Prospector out of Danzig mare Angel Fever retired for 6 wins and 2 seconds in 9 starts, earning $1,994,400. He used to stand for a fee as high as $125,000 but in 2008 he is down to just $30,000, and shuttles to Australia for the southern hemisphere season. His stakes winners include Floral Pegasus, Hardasun, Officer(Jpn), Fifty Oner, Roman Ruler, and Andromeda's Hero.

Fusaichi Pegasus winning the Kentucky Derby and Jerome Handicap in 2000.

Giant's Gauseway

Giant's Causeway finishing 2nd in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic

Scat Daddy

Scat Daddy winning the 2007 Florida Derby
Working out prior to the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Thunder Gulch won the 1995 Kentucky Derby, Belmont, Travers, Florida Derby, Fountain of Youth, and Kentucky Cup Classic en route to championship honors. He retired with 9 wins in 16 starts, earning $2,915,086. At stud, he has sired 64 stakes winners, 32 graded, including Point Given, Spain, Recast, Circular Quay, Mystic Lady, and Balance. The son of Gulch out of Storm Bird mare Line of Thunder is pensioned now and living out his retirement at Ashford. At age 23 he is the third oldest living Kentucky Derby winner, just behind Sea Hero and Go For Gin.

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Munnings winning the 2009 Woody Stephens, more from the race
Munnings at 2009 Haskell where he was 3rd
Munnings at the 2009 King's Bishop where he was 3rd

Uncle Mo

Uncle Mo winning the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

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