GULCH

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Among the greats, Gulch is formidable.

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Under trainer LeRoy Jolley, Gulch won the Tremont (G3), the Saratoga Special (G2), the Hopeful (G1) and the Futurity (G1). That was his 2 year old campaign. At 3 he blazed an unforgettable trail, winning the Wood Memorial (G1), competing in the 1987 Derby (won by Alysheba) and beating older horses in the Met Mile (G1). At 4, under trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Gulch won the Potrero Grande (G3), Carter (G1), and his second consecutive Met Mile (G1). In 1987 he barely lost the Woodward (G1) to fellow Old Friends retiree Polish Navy, and in 1988, the Whitney (G1)—all but a match race—to Personal Ensign. Each year he raced, Gulch was formidable among the greats. In the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), he and Precisionist stalked side by side, with Canadian champion Play the King outside them. Down the final stretch Gulch and Play the King surged forward, fighting it out furiously. Responding gamely to Angel Cordero’s urging, Gulch pushed ahead to the wire. He won not only the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but the Eclipse Award as Champion Sprinter of 1988. Gulch’s magnificence can be judged from the races he won, the company he kept, and the dauntless courage of his wins.

Success at stud was expected from the champion with his superb pedigree, but here too, Gulch surpassed. His 70-plus stakes winners include Derby victor Thunder Gulch, Nayef, The Cliff’s Edge, Harayir, Great Navigator, Esteemed Friend, Nasty Storm, Golden Gear, Scrimshaw, his latest star Court Vision, and not least, our own great-hearted Wallenda. Gulch stood at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, KY through 2009, when he was retired to Old Friends, thanks to the generosity of Lane’s End president, Bill Farish.

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Additional Description:

GULCH's Info:

Foaled April 16, 1984 in KY. Bred by Peter M. Brant.

Race Record: 32 Starts, 13 Wins, 8 Places, 4 Shows
Career Earnings: $$3,015,521

Racing Owner: Peter M. Brant
Trainers: LeRoy Jolley, D. Wayne Lukas

Regular Jockeys: Angel Cordero, Jr., Jose Santos, Eddie Delahoussaye

Championship: 1988 Eclipse Award for Champion Sprinter

Most important wins: Tremont S-G3 1986, Hopeful S-G1 1986, Futurity S-G1 1986, Saratoga Special-G2 1986, Bay Shore S-G2 1987, Wood Memorial-G1 1987, Metropolitan H-G1 1987, Potrero Grande H-G3, Carter H-G1, Metropolitan H-G1, Breeders' Cup Sprint G1

Stood at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, KY for his entire stud career, where he sired Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, Nayef, The Cliff's Edge, fellow Old Friends retiree Wallenda, Harayir, Great Navigator, Torrential, Esteemed Friend, Nasty Storm, Court Vision, in all, nearly 200 stakes winners

Joined Old Friends: December 2009
Modified On: 1/1/2013

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