06/17/2009 11:00PM

Boone, of Wimbledon, dies

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Hilary J. Boone, owner of Wimbledon Farm in Lexington, Ky., and the breeder of Grade 1 winner Chelsey Flower and sire Mt. Livermore, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Boone, an insurance executive and longtime member of the Humana Inc. board, founded Wimbledon in 1971 on about 300 acres located south of Lexington. He named it Wimbledon to honor another sport he loved, tennis.

In addition to Boone's own horses, Wimbledon also has boarded mares and raised foals for other breeders, including the 1979 Kentucky Derby winner, Spectacular Bid, and the 1982 Epsom Derby winner, Golden Fleece. Among many notable broodmares to reside at the property in recent years were Cara Rafaela, dam of 2 006 champion 3-year-old Bernardini; 1996 champion juvenile filly Storm Song; and Colour Chart, dam of 2001 champion juvenile filly Tempera, among others.

The farm was the home to the sire Relaunch and also stood Twining and Lion Cavern.

Boone's son-in-law, George Hoskins, has served as the farm's managing director since 2003.

Boone also was a noted philanthropist who was particularly generous to his alma mater, the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Survivors include daughters Alyce Boone Hoskins and Elizabeth Van Meter Boone; son Samuel Alexander Boone; and seven grandchildren. Services will be private, and the family suggests memorial gifts to one's favorite charity.