08/31/2004 12:00AM

Clark, horseman, dead


Prominent Kentucky horseman William G. Clark Sr. died Monday afternoon at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after a long illness. He was 80.

Clark was co-breeder of 1972 champion sprinter Chou Croute and owned the former Highland Farm in Midway. In addition to breeding horses, Clark also was well known as an adviser for some of the Thoroughbred sport's leading owners from the 1940's to the 1990's.

Among those to seek his advice were Satish Sanan, whom Clark introduced to the Thoroughbred business in 1997; E.V. Benjamin, who bred Chou Croute in partnership with Clark; lumberman and hotelier J. Graham Brown, whose powerful racing stable from the 1940's to the 1960's featured such runners as 1958's champion older female, Bornastar; and leading Keeneland owner Robert Roberts of Texas.

A graveside service was scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lexington Cemetery.