(1957-1960) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse
who won one of the American Classics
in 1960 but died shortly afterwards. 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 bred by the Gaines brothers at their Twin Oak Farm in Kentucky and sold as a yearling as part of a $5,000 two-horse deal. His purchaser was Leonard Fruchtman, a steel company executive from Toledo, Ohio who had a small string of horses racing under his Edgehill Farm colors.
Trained by Homer "Jimmy" Pitt, as a two-year-old, Bally Ache had an outstanding year of racing. Of his 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.
"Staggering price of $1,250,000"
At age three, Bally Ache was even more impressive, winning the Flamingo Stakes
and Florida Derby
on the way to the Triple Crown
. In the Kentucky Derby
, C. V. Whitney's
, ridden by Bill Shoemaker
, was coming off impressive wins in the Santa Anita Derby
and the Blue Grass Stakes
and was sent off as the betting favorite. Bally Ache, under jockey Bobby Ussery
, was the second choice. However, it would be jockey Bill Hartack
aboard 6:1 outsider Venetian Way
whom Bally Ache had already beaten four times, who won. Despite Bally Ache's second place finish, it did not deter the Turfland racing sydnicate led by Joseph L. Arnold who bought the colt for what Sports Illustrated
magazine described as the "staggering price of $1,250,000." Bally Ache promptly repaid Arnold's faith in him with a four-length win in the 84th running of the Preakness Stakes
Entered in the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, the day prior to the race Bally Ache came up lame and had to be withdrawn. After returning to racing, in his fourth outing he suffered a career ending ankle injury. Scheduled to stand at stud for his owners, Bally Ache developed an intestinal ailment that led to his death on October 28, 1960. He was buried at Bosque Bonita Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.