Jan. 9, 2006 — Thoroughbred enthusiast Allaire C. du Pont, owner of five-time Horse of the Year Kelso, died January 6 of natural causes in her home in Chesapeake City, Md. She was 92.
Kelso won 39 races, with 12 seconds and two thirds. He was voted Horse of the Year a record five years in a row from 1960-64 and had career earnings of nearly $2 million.
After Kelso was retired, du Pont rode him several days a week on fox hunts. He is now buried at du Pont’s Woodstock Farm.
Du Pont strived to slow down land development and was one of the first people to commit her land to Maryland’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program.
Du Pont is survived by her daughter Lana Wright, daughter-in-law Caroline Prickett, and by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard C. du Pont Sr., who was among the first to be inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame.
The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., contributed to this report.