07/07/2003 11:00PM

Kay Jeffords, owner, dead

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Kay Jeffords, owner of five-time champion steeplechaser Lonesome Glory, died Tuesday in New York City at age 80. She had suffered from Parkinson's disease in recent years. She was 80.

Jeffords had been married to the late Walter Jeffords, who died in 1990. Kay Jeffords campaigned a string of top horses with her husband and in her own name. She was steeplechasing's leading owner in 1995 and overall won purses of $1.4 million, according to the National Steeplechase Association.

Lonesome Glory's victories included three Colonial Cups, two Carolina Cups, and the 1993 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase. He is the only American steeplechaser to win five Eclipse Awards.

Lonesome Glory died at age 14 in February 2002, after breaking his left hind leg in a paddock accident in Pennsylvania.