Darrell Brown of Stonereath Farm has died

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Rags To Riches was a granddaughter of Blush With Pride, bred and raced at Stonereath. | Sarah Andre

Darrell Brown, who owned and operated Stonereath Farm in Bourbon County, Ky., for four decades, has died. He was due to turn 88 next month.

Born December 14, 1934, to Joseph and Ona Brown in Oklahoma City, Brown grew up during Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Mustang, Oklahoma, before heading to the public school and the University of Oklahoma. He flew in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, delivering helicopter blades to Da Nang and also transporting coffins to the United States.

After the war, Brown became the chief accountant of Kerr McGee Oil Co., but remained in the Guard and was eventually hired by Aero Commander as a test pilot and sales representative. His skills led him to demonstrate an aircraft to legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, while being hired as Palmer’s personal pilot and personal manager.

A seasoned sportsman, Brown achieved great success, particularly in golf, where he made the cut every time he entered the AT&T/Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament in Pebble Beach, California. He also played polo with victories in the United States and against Guards Polo in England. He was an excellent shooter in the dove fields of Kentucky accompanied by his dog Birdie and made many bike trips in Europe with his wife and enjoyed his biking and European adventures.

Co-owner of Stonereath Broodmare of the Year Best In Show and numerous entry winners including GI Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride. He served on the board of Kentucky Bank, Breeders’ Cup and was president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association from 1984 to 1988, its vice president from 1981 to 1984 and was one of the organization’s founders. . Brown believed Thoroughbred owners and breeders should have a strong voice in the development of the Thoroughbred business and its decisions. Two of his early principles were the development of a modern simulcast program for Kentucky and the designation of the pari-mutuel betting tax to exchanges for the improvement and growth of racing. Darrell was known for his integrity and honesty and stood up for what was good for the industry and for the riders. These two programs are still the cornerstones of racing today.

Brown is survived by his son Jay Brown (Darice), Dr. Joel Brown and Jamie Brown and a granddaughter, Darrelyn Leebov. A live celebration will take place at a later date.

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