- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 8, 2006

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Allaire C. du Pont, a Thoroughbred enthusiast and the owner of five-time Horse of the Year Kelso, died Jan. 6 of natural causes at Woodstock Farm, daughter-in-law Caroline Prickett told the Associated Press on Saturday. Mrs. du Pont was 92.

Mrs. du Pont was with family members when she died, Mrs. Prickett said.

Kelso, Mrs. du Pont’s most famous horse, won 39 races, with 12 seconds and two thirds and career earnings of nearly $2 million. He was voted Horse of the Year five times in a row, from 1960 to 1964, a record that still stands.

Mrs. du Pont’s many passions included aviation, fox hunting, tennis and preservation of open spaces.

After Kelso was retired, Mrs. du Pont rode him three days a week on fox hunts. She told the Wilmington News Journal in 2003 that daughter Lana Wright, an Olympic equestrian, was concerned about that.

“I remember my daughter said, ‘Mom, you can’t do that. He will run away with you,’” she said. “I replied, ‘He was a perfect gentleman.’”

Mrs. du Pont drew other Thoroughbred operations to Cecil County and helped transform the rural county in Maryland’s northeast corner into a racing headquarters. She was among the first to commit her land to Maryland’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

“She was a great, wonderful lady,” Carl Hanford, Kelso’s trainer, told the News Journal. “She never interfered at all, but she knew racing.”

Mrs. du Pont’s late husband, Richard C. du Pont Sr., was a pioneer in aviation and among the first inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame.

In addition to Mrs. Prickett, Mrs. du Pont is survived by her daughter and by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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