Gulch, American thoroughbred racehorse, Died at 32


Gulch was born on April 16, 1984, and died on January 17, 2016.

He was an American thoroughbred racehorse and sire.

The horse was owned and bred by Peter M. Brant, he was sired by the outstanding North American stud and graded stakes race winner Mr. Prospector out of the Rambunctious mare Jameela.

The horse was trained by Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley, Gulch was a precocious two-year-old, winning the Grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course with Angel Cordero, Jr. astride by 3½ lengths.

Gulch was undefeated that year going into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, having won five starts in New York, but placed fifth to Capote, behind Alysheba and Bet Twice.

While he was 3yrs old, prepping for the Kentucky Derby, Gulch won the Wood Memorial with Jose Santos aboard.

Gulch also took the Grade II Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

He was ridden by Willie Shoemaker in the 1987 Kentucky Derby, however, he raced wide in the stretch and placed sixth behind Alysheba.

Gulch came third in the Belmont Stakes, in front of Alysheba but behind the winner, Bet Twice.

While he was four in 1988, he was transferred to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Lukas reduced most of his races to 1⅛ mile or less, and Gulch attained the Metropolitan Handicap, the Carter Handicap, and, in a battle of the sexes, placed a very close second in the Whitney Handicap to Personal Ensign.

The horse also won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint that fall and was named 1988’s U.S. Outstanding Sprint Horse.

He retired in 1989, Gulch stood at stud at Lane’s End Farm.

His offsprings include $4 million winner Eagle Cafe, Harayir, Nayef, 1995 U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt Thunder Gulch, The Cliff’s Edge, and Brave Tender.

Gulch passed away at 32 yrs old.