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Monday, October 5, 2020

Beau Greely, 4th-generation horseman, 49, dies in Calif.

Christopher Beau Greely
Beau Greely, an ex-Midwegian whose family name is synonymous with Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Redondo Beach, Calif., after a short illness. He was 49.

Christopher Beau Greely, who went by his middle name, was born Aug. 1, 1971, in Lexington to Ann Evans and John Joseph "Bud" Greely III. He grew up on Wintergreen Farm near Midway and attended the Baylor School in Chattanooga, South Kent School in Connecticut and the University of Kentucky.

After college, he worked under trainers Criquette Head of France and Richard Mandella of California, then started his own California-based stable and won several stakes, including the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Manhattan Handicap. In 1,327 starts, his horses had 131 wins, 156 places and 167 shows, finishing in the money 34.2 percent of the time and earning more than $11.2 million.

"His first Grade 1 victories as a trainer came in 2000, when he saddled the Irish-bred Manndar to victories in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes and G1 Manhattan Handicap. He won the G1 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes with Sligo Bay, and he took the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Pacific Classic Stakes with Borrego," reports The Paulick Report. "Other runners of note for Greely's stable included Grade 2 winners Tres Borrachos, Century City, Grammarian, Takarian, and Five Star Day."

Greely and his brother, John J. Greely IV, who passed away this year at 54, founded Wintergreen Stallion Station in Scott County, just across South Elkhorn Creek from Midway. Their uncle, Bill Greely, was president of Keeneland from 1986 to 2000.

Greely left training in 2015 and became an underwater and art photographer.

He is survived by his parents; three children, Christopher Beau Greely II, Jacqueline Greely and Margaux Greely of Redondo Beach; sisters Shannon Totty (Seward) of Lexington and Laura Whitworth (Jason) of Atlanta; the mother of his children, Heidi Marsh; a special friend, Tracy Stephenson; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Due to the pandemic, the burial at Calvary Cemetery in Lexington will be private and the family asks that contributions be made to God’s Food Pantry at 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington KY 40511. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Milward Funeral Directors.

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