Pyramid Peak Euthanized Due to Old Age

Multiple stakes winner was one of John Oxley's first Kentucky Derby entrants.

John Oxley's graded stakes winner Pyramid Peak was euthanized May 17 due to the infirmities of old age.

The 21-year-old son of Mt. Livermore out of the grade III-placed mare Way It Should Be (by Stalwart) was bred by Oxley in partnership with Donna Ward, wife of the horse's trainer, John Ward.

In 1995 Pyramid Peak and Jambalaya Jazz were both Oxley and Ward's first entrants in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The owner/trainer team would win the Run for the Rose with Monarchos in 2001.

Pyramid Peak earned his way into the Kentucky Derby starting gate by winning the Flamingo Stakes (gr. III) at Hialeah Park. He wouldn't fare well in the Derby, finishing 17th, but went on later in the year to win the Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth Park and finish second in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) by three-quarters of a length b Serena's Song. He then ran second in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) to Thunder Gulch.

He would also win back-to-back editions of the Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Laurel in 1996 and 1997. Pyramid Peak retired with $871,559 in earnings while winning eight of 22 lifetime starts. He retired to stud in 1999 and had only minor success, producing four stakes winners including a three-time champion in Jamaica.

Pyramid Peak was retired from stud duty several years ago at Nuckols Farm.