04/18/2010 11:00PM

Kentucky breeder Thornton dies at 92


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Carter Thornton, the 92-year-old owner of Threave Main Stud in Paris, Ky., and father of Kentucky breeders Meg Buckley and Tim Thornton, died Sunday.

Thornton and his wife, Peggy, operated Threave Main for five decades and produced such homebred stakes winners as Plumb Grey, Little Tudor, and Prim Lady, whom Thornton also trained.

Threave Main also was home to such notable stakes performers as Linkage, Dance Spell, and Under the Rug, raced by Christiana Stables. Threave Main also sold a trio of Kentucky Derby winners: Canonero II, Hoop Jr., and Galladion.

Thornton is a past president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, Thoroughbred Club of America, and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. He won the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association's Hardboot Award in 2006.

A graveside service was to take place 11 a.m. Thursday at the Paris Cemetery. The family requests donations to Kentucky Racetrack Chaplaincy, P.O. Box 324, Simpsonville, Ky., 40067.

* Darley shuttle stallion Medaglia d'Oro will stand for about $81,000 for the 2010 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Medaglia d'Oro, by El Prado, stands for $100,000 this year at Darley's Kentucky farm. Darley's most expensive stallion in Australia this year will be Street Cry, who commands a fee of about $126,500. The Machiavellian horse stands for $150,000 this year in Kentucky.

* The Grade 3-placed stakes winner Shameful produced a full brother to two-time champion Indian Blessing on Sunday. Hal Earnhardt owns the 11-year-old Flying Chevron mare and will breed her next to Medaglia d'Oro, according to Hill 'n' Dale Farms, where Shameful is boarded.