Horseman Leslie Brownell Combs II dies

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Leslie Brownell Combs II, whose Spendthrift Farm was once the home of Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed, has died in Lexington. He was 80.

Combs was also a former director and vice president of the Breeders' Cup and a former Kentucky State Racing Commission chairman.

Combs, the former president of Spendthrift, died Sunday. Milward Funeral Home said a graveside service would be held at 11:30 a.m. EST Monday at Lexington Cemetery.

Combs was the only son of Leslie Combs II, who founded Spendthrift in 1937 and turned over the day-to-day operation of it to his son in 1974.

The Lexington Herald-Leader said the farm reached its peak in stallion syndication in 1978, when Seattle Slew and Affirmed were syndicated for $12 million and $16 million, respectively.

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