08/28/2006 11:00PM

With heavy heart, Mallory carries on


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Scott Mallory was among those in mourning following the crash Sunday of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., and the death of his father, Kentucky horseman Dan Mallory. His father had prepared a consignment of horses for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale at Lone Star Park, and Scott made the difficult decision Monday to carry on in his father's absence, selling two yearlings at the auction.

"It keeps me focused," Scott said of working the sale. "It's a terrible tragedy to our family, but we had to keep on, and we plan on keeping the business going. We know what to do. We plan on carrying on the name."

Dan Mallory, 55, owned Meadow Haven Farm, a boarding and sales prep operation in Paris, Ky. Scott, 33, is the oldest of four children, and one of two who are active in the Thoroughbred industry. His brother, Dale Mallory, 31, is an outrider at Lone Star.

"I manage the farm, so we're going to try to just keep things business-as-normal and carry on," said Scott, who drove back to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Scott said his father consigned about 200 horses a year to both yearling and breeding stock sales in Kentucky, Maryland, and Texas. The farm also boards about 100 mares, which are bred to stallions in Kentucky. Among the top horses Dan Mallory has sold are graded stakes winners Danthebluegrassman, Honor Glide, and Traces of Gold.

Jim Cullen, a bloodstock agent who does business with the Mallorys, said he thinks Scott will do well with the operation.

"I think he's going to be fine," Cullen said. "He's a very, very good horseman, and I think he'll do great living up to his dad's legacy."

Scott said, in the coming months, he has 28 yearlings to sell at Keeneland in September, 14 at the Fasig-Tipton sale in Maryland in October, and at least 30 for the Fasig-Tipton sale in Kentucky in October.

"That will keep me going," he said.

Cullen said that Dan Mallory, who was headed to the Texas sale on Sunday, was actually scheduled to fly to town on Saturday night, but that flight was canceled, and he ended up on Flight 5191.

Scott said he was able to soldier on Monday because of the drive his father instilled in him a long time ago, a drive that stems from a lifetime of working with animals dependent on daily care.

"I've grown up on the farm," he said. "If we didn't go to school for snow or whatever, we didn't get to sleep in and watch cartoons. In the summer, we bailed hay, all that stuff."

Scott said being honest in business is the greatest professional lesson he takes from his father. He said as a testament to his father he plans to continue to sell horses under the consignment banner of Dan Mallory.

Hastings vet among crash victims

It was confirmed Tuesday that Anne Bailey, a veterinarian technician at Hastings, was among those who died when Comair Flight 5191 crashed after takeoff from Blue Grass Airport on Sunday.

According to her employer, Dr. Ed Wiebe, Bailey was in Lexington to attend a four-day veterinarian-technical conference. Wiebe heard about the crash Sunday from a staff member at a Kentucky vet clinic who had attended the conference with Bailey and had driven her to the airport. Wiebe said that he immediately informed Bailey's husband, Michael Simard, about the crash.

Bailey, who was 49, had worked for Wiebe for the past five years.

"She basically organized our whole practice," said Wiebe. "As well as being a wonderful person, she was indispensable."

Randy Lane, an owner and trainer at Hastings, echoed the feelings of everyone on the Hastings backstretch.

"Anne went to every barn every day, and she knew everyone at the track," he said. "She was always happy to see you and she made everyone a better person for knowing her. She's really going to be missed."

Pilots noticed lack of runway lights

In Lexington, National Transpor-tation and Safety Board investigators said Monday night that the plane's captain, Jeffrey Clay, and first officer James Polehinke were aware during the takeoff that the lights were off on the runway they were using. NTSB member and spokesman Debbie Hersman said that the cockpit voice recorder taped a conversation between the men in which they commented on the lack of runway lights.

According to the investigation, Runway 26 had been in use as a daylight-only runway for general aviation, as opposed to commercial airlines, and that it had not been lit since 2001. Runway 26 is a 3,500-foot runway, far shorter than the 7,000-foot Runway 22, which the flight crew had intended to use.

Hersman also said investigators had determined that Clay had been at the controls when the plane was taxiing and Polehinke had been at the controls when the plane attempted takeoff and crashed. Polehinke, 44, is the flight's sole survivor and remained in critical condition in a coma Tuesday at the University of Kentucky hospital.

- additional reporting by Glenye Cain and Randy Goulding