01/31/2003 12:00AM

Clements, breeder, dead

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Philip Clements Jr., whose family's Timberlawn Farm near Paris, Ky., yielded champions Hurry to Market and Furl Sail, died at his Paris home on Wednesday. He was 78.

Clements managed Timberlawn for his father-in-law, farm owner E. K. Thomas, in the 1960's, when it produced Furl Sail, 1967 champion 3-year-old filly, and Hurry to Market, 1963 champion juvenile colt. Furl Sail was bred in the name of Mrs. E.K. Thomas, and Hurry to Market was bred by Clements's daughter, then just 14, from a mare Mr. Thomas gave her. More recently, Timberlawn bred Banner Bob, a multiple graded stakes winner whose victories in 1985 included the Grade 2 Malibu and Sheridan and the Grade 3 Jim Beam and Hutcheson stakes.

Clements, a West Point graduate and Korean War veteran, was a past president of the Thoroughbred Club of America and a member of the Keeneland Club.

Clements is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter Louise Clements Robinson; son Philip Clements III; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services were to be held Saturday in the Paris Cemetery.