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Horseman Leslie Brownell Combs II dies

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.

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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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