Dorothy Turner Scharbauer, who campaigned Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year Alysheba, died shortly after midnight Wednesday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 73.
Scharbauer raced Alysheba with her daughter, Pamela. Alysheba's victory in the 1987 Run for the Roses was anything but easy. The colt stumbled badly in the stretch, but recovered under jockey Chris McCarron's efforts and went on to post a three-quarter- length score over Bet Twice.
The win was the second in the Derby for a member of Scharbauer's family. Dorothy Scharbauer's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Turner Jr., won the Derby in 1959 with Tomy Lee.
Two weeks later, Alysheba captured the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) over Bet Twice and seemed ripe for a Triple Crown sweep and a $5-million bonus for winning the series. But instead of duplicating his Derby and Preakness efforts in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Alysheba finished a badly beaten fourth behind winner Bet Twice. The fourth-place effort not only deprived Alysheba of the $5-million bonus, but also a $1-million bonus that went to the horse who garnered the most points in the series. Bet Twice won the bonus.
Alysheba was voted champion 3-year-old male, but missed out on Horse of the Year honors after running second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). He won the Classic the following year and was voted Horse of the Year and champion older male. He retired as racing's all-time leading earner, with $6.6 million.
A son of Alydar, Alysheba entered stud at Texan William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. He sired homebred stakes winner Shebas Stride for Dorothy Scharbauer. Alysheba currently stands in Saudi Arabia. Dorothy Scharbauer and her husband, Clarence Scharbauer Jr., owned Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas.
Dorothy Scharbauer, whose father took her racing as a child and taught her to read Daily Racing Form
, gave his daughter her first stakes winner. Figure Five won the 1953 Ruidoso Derby. Scharbauer went on to race several others.
Scharbauer was born March 9, 1931, in Midland County. The Turner Mansion, which was her childhood home and the home of her parents, became the focal point and foundation of the Museum of the Southwest following the death of her parents in the 1960s. The Midland College Student Center is named in honor of Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer.
Scharbauer's survivors include her husband and daughter. Graveside services will be held Saturday in Fairview Cemetery in Midland County and memorial services will be conducted the same day in Midland's First Presbyterian Church.