Fusaichi PegasusDateline: 05/06/00
Fusaichi Pegasus' Japanese owner, Fusao Sekiguchi, gave this year's Derby a more international flavor than usual. He brought three geisha girls who were in the full make up and kimono and they performed a traditional Japanese dance for us at the Derby media party.
For those who don't know yet, his name is pronounced Foo-sah-EE-chee Pegasus. The first part is from his owner's name, Fusao, combined with the Japanese word for one, ichi, to mean #1 or the best. The second half is the winged horse of Greek mythology. He has certainly lived up to both halves of the name so far.
Here is a photo gallery of both Fusaichi Pegasus and his connections for your enjoyment.
Left: A close-up of Kent and Fusaichi Pegasus.
Right: Winning the Derby! (courtesy of Tina Hines)
Left: Just past the finish line. (courtesy of Tina Hines)
Right: Being led around on the turf course prior to entering the winner's circle.
Heading into the winner's circle. You can see the geisha girls in the front of the picture.
Fusaichi Pegasus' owner Fusao Sekiguchi being presented the trophy by the governor of Kentucky.