Gulch (horse)

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Sire Mr. Prospector
Grandsire Raise a Native
Dam Jameela
Damsire Rambunctious
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1984
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder Peter M. Brant
Owner Peter M. Brant
Trainer 1) LeRoy Jolley
2) D. Wayne Lukas
Record 32: 13-8-4
Earnings $3,015,521
Major wins
Hopeful Stakes (1986)
Futurity Stakes (1986)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1986)
Tremont Stakes (1986)
Wood Memorial (1987)
Bay Shore Stakes (1987)
Metropolitan Handicap (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 Rambunctious mare Jameela.

Racing career

Guided 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.

He 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.

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

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.

His progeny 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.