01/08/2015 3:56PM

Breeder Hamilton dies at age 58

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Anthony Joseph Hamilton Sr., owner of Two Hearts Farm in Paris, Ky., died Jan. 3 at Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris. He was 58.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Hamilton grew up in the Thoroughbred industry, working in the breeding and training sectors before moving to Marshall, Va., in 1982 to manage Quail Run Farm. He later moved to Maryland to work for Mantua Farm and Hunting Fields while also breeding some of his own horses. The most successful horse Hamilton bred while in Maryland  was Valay Maid, a two-time Grade 2 winner who finished third in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

After a span of time spent training horses across the country, Hamilton purchased Two Hearts Farm in 2006, which he operated with business partner A.J. Braddock, who previously worked with Hamilton’s father, Ham.

Hamilton is survived by his son Anthony Joseph Hamilton and daughter Mary Elizabeth Reed.

A funeral mass will be conducted at noon on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Church of the Annunciation in Paris, Ky. Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.