During his career, Al Khali, the son of Medaglia d’Oro, went from Peru to the U.S., via WinStar/Todd Pletcher to Brous Stable/Wachtel Stable and finally to Bill Mott.
Co-owner Adam Wachtel declared Al Khali to be quite the horse, adding. “he was very unlucky to not be a multiple grade I winner. He should have won the Sword Dancer. He should have won the Pattison. He was just unlucky.”
Wachtel went on to reminisce about Al Khali’s racing days:
“When he won the Bowling Green to beat Winchester, it was one of the most impressive finishes any horse I’ve ever owned had done. In fact, his next race after that was the Pattison at Woodbine. He got beat three-quarters of a length and like in the Bowling Green, he was completely stopped with no place to go. He then rallied to almost get up.
“I flew back from Toronto with Alan Garcia who rode him, and with Edgar Prado. Edgar was talking about the prior race when Al Khali ran past him with that incredible burst. He told me he never had a horse run past him like that. I thought that was pretty cool, coming from Edgar.”
Al Khali’s record upon retirement is 8-5-5 (in 41 career starts), and he earned $1,019,510 during the course of his career. His last race saw him come in seventh-place at the Bowling Green. Al Khali will join his brother Japan, who will also retire to stud status in 2016.