Bally Ache

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Bally Ache
Sire Ballydam
Grandsire Ballyogan
Dam Celestial Blue
Damsire Supremus
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1957
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Marvin & Alan Gaines
Owner 1) Edgehill Farm
2) Turfland Syndicate
Trainer Jimmy Pitt
Record 31: 16-9-4
Earnings $758,522
Major wins
Comely Stakes (1959)
Great American Stakes (1959)
Mayflower Stakes (1959)
Flamingo Stakes (1960)
Florida Derby (1960)
Stepping Stone Purse (1960)
Jersey Derby (1960) American Triple Crown races wins:
Preakness Stakes (1960)
Last updated on June 23, 2010

Bally Ache (1957–1960) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Preakness Stakes in 1960 but died later that year. In her book American Classic Pedigrees (1914–2002), author Avalyn Hunter wrote that Bally Ache was "a crowd favorite" who "won hearts by his sheer determination."


Bally Ache was a bay horse bred by brothers Alan and Marvin Gaines at their Twin Oak Farm in Walton, Kentucky. He was sired the Irish import Ballydam out of Celestial Blue. The colt was sold as a yearling as part of a $5,000 two-horse deal. His purchasers were Leonard D. Fruchtman and Morris Fruchtman, steel company executives from Toledo, Ohio, who had a small string of horses racing under his Edgehill Farm colors.[1] The colt was trained by Homer "Jimmy" Pitt.

Racing career

As a two-year-old, Bally Ache made sixteen starts. He won five stakes races, set a new track record at Jamaica Racetrack for five furlongs, and finished out of the money just once. He ended the year ranked second in earnings to Bellehurst Stables' 1959 Champion Two-Year-Old, Warfare.

At age three, Bally Ache won the Flamingo Stakes and Florida Derby on the way to the Triple Crown. In the Kentucky Derby, C. V. Whitney's colt Tompion, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, was coming off wins in the Santa Anita Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes[2] and was sent off as the betting favorite. Bally Ache, under jockey Bobby Ussery, was the second choice. However, jockey Bill Hartack aboard 6:1 outsider Venetian Way, whom Bally Ache had already beaten four times, won. Despite Bally Ache's second-place finish, it did not deter the Turfland racing syndicate led by Joseph L. Arnold, who bought the colt for what Sports Illustrated magazine described as the "staggering price of $1,250,000".[3] Bally Ache then won by four lengths in the 84th running of the Preakness Stakes.

Entered in the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, Bally Ache came up lame the day before the race and was withdrawn. After returning to racing, in his fourth outing he suffered a career-ending ankle injury. He was scheduled to stand at stud for his owners but developed an intestinal ailment that led to his death on October 28, 1960. He was buried at Bosque Bonita Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.[4]


Pedigree of Bally Ache (USA)
Ballydam (IRE)

ch. 1947

Ballyogan (GB)

ch. 1939

Fair Trial Fairway
Lady Juror
Serial Solario
Damians (IRE)

ch. 1942

Panorama Sir Cosmo
Happy Climax
Thirteen Bulger
Celestial Blue (USA)

bay 1943

Supremus (USA)

bay 1922

Ultimus Commando
Running Stream
Mandy Hamilton John O'Gaunt
My Sweetheart
Vanda Cerulea (USA)

bay 1932

Blue Larkspur Black Servant
Blossum Time
Binnacle Man o' War
Smoky Lamp


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  2. "Sport: The Derby Favorites". TIME. 1960-05-09. Retrieved 2013-02-02. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Whitney Tower (1960-05-23). "In the Preakness, Bally Ache will try to justify the huge..." Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-02-02. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "BALLY ACHE DIES AT BREEDING FARM - Digestive Tract Ailment Is Fatal to 3-Year-Old Colt That Won Preakness". New York Times. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2013-02-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>