Fusaichi Pegasus

Fusaichi Pegasus (Japanese pronunciation: [ɸɯ̥saꜜitɕi]; foaled April 12, 1997) is a champion American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2000 Kentucky Derby, and subsequently set a record at auction - selling for US$70M to Coolmore Stud.[2]

Fusaichi Pegasus
Fusaichi Pegasus.jpg
Statue of Fusaichi Pegasus
SireMr. Prospector
GrandsireRaise a Native
DamAngel Fever
BreederArthur B. Hancock III and Stonerside Ltd.
OwnerFusao Sekiguchi
TrainerNeil Drysdale
Record9: 6-2-0
Major wins
San Felipe Stakes (2000)
Jerome Handicap (2000)
Wood Memorial Stakes (2000)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (2000)

Statue at Northern Horse Park, Hokkaidō, Japan


The colt was purchased as a yearling for $4 million by Fusao Sekiguchi. His name is a combination of his owner's name, "Fusao," and the Japanese word for one, "ichi," to mean #1 or the best. The second half is the winged horse of Greek mythology.

"FuPeg", as the stallion is known by his fans, is a son of Mr. Prospector and out of Angel Fever, a mare by leading sire Danzig.

Racing careerEdit

In early 2000, Fusaichi Pegasus won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes and Wood Memorial Stakes.

Fusaichi Pegasus won the Kentucky Derby in a time of 2:01.12 for the 114 mile distance.[3] He was the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. He then lost to Red Bullet in the Preakness Stakes. After his loss in the Preakness Stakes, he did not race in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

Retirement and stud recordEdit

In 2000, he was sold to Irish breeder Coolmore Stud for a reported price of more than US$70 million (£35m).[2] The previous record for a stallion prospect was US$40m (£24m), paid in 1983 for Shareef Dancer. For several years, Fusaichi Pegasus served as a "shuttle stallion" standing at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season and at Coolmore Australia near Jerrys Plains, New South Wales, during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Since the 2010 breeding season, he has stood exclusively in Kentucky. Among his progeny are Grade 1 winners Bandini, Roman Ruler and Haradasun.

His son Roman Ruler produced Ruler on Ice, winner of the 2011 Belmont Stakes. He was pensioned from stud duty after the 2020 breeding season.[4]


Pedigree of Fusaichi Pegasus (USA), bay stallion, 1997[1]
Mr Prospector (USA)
Raise a Native (USA)
Native Dancer Polynesian
Raise You Case Ace
Lady Glory
Gold Digger(USA)
Nashua Nasrullah
Sequence Count Fleet
Miss Dogwood
Angel Fever (USA)
Danzig (USA)
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Pas de Nom Admiral's Voyage
Rowdy Angel (USA)
Halo Hail to Reason
Ramhyde Rambunctious
Castle Hyde (Family: 8-c)


  1. ^ a b "Fusaichi Pegasus pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  2. ^ a b "The Most Expensive Racehorse Ever Sold". eventingguide.com. 2021-09-12. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  3. ^ "2000 Kentucky Derby". kentuckyderby.com.
  4. ^ "Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus pensioned". www.drf.com. Retrieved 2020-12-24.