Gulch at 31
|Grandsire||Raise a Native|
|Foaled||April 16, 1984|
|Died||January 17, 2016|
|Breeder||Peter M. Brant|
|Owner||Peter M. Brant|
|Trainer||1) LeRoy Jolley|
2) D. Wayne Lukas
|Hopeful Stakes (1986)|
Futurity Stakes (1986)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1986)
Tremont Stakes (1986)
Wood Memorial (1987)
Bay Shore Stakes (1987)
Metropolitan Handicap (1987, 1988)
Carter Handicap (1988)
Potrero Grande Handicap (1988) Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Sprint (1988)
|American Champion Sprint Horse (1988)|
|Last updated on September 10, 2007|
Gulch (April 16, 1984 – January 17, 2016) was an American thoroughbred racehorse and sire. 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 graded stakes race winning Rambunctious mare Jameela.
At three, prepping for the Kentucky Derby, Gulch won the Wood Memorial with Jose Santos aboard. He also took the Grade II Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. Ridden by Willie Shoemaker in the 1987 Kentucky Derby, however, he raced wide in the stretch and placed sixth behind Alysheba. He also ran in the Preakness Stakes, where he finished fourth. He was third in the Belmont Stakes, in front of Alysheba but behind the winner, Bet Twice. In between the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, he ran in and won the Metropolitan Handicap. He would go on to win the race again the next year.
Racing at four in 1988, he was transferred to trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas shortened most of his races to 1⅛ mile or less, and Gulch won 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. He also won the Breeders' Cup Sprint that fall and was named 1988's U.S. Outstanding Sprint Horse.
Retired in 1989, Gulch stood at stud at Lane's End Farm. In spring 2010, Lane's End donated him to the Old Friends Equine retirement facility in Georgetown, KY. Following the death of Ogygian on March 14, 2015, Gulch became the oldest living horse at Old Friends. On January 17, 2016, he was euthanized at the age of 31.