Dan Kenny, a bloodstock agent, journalist, and co-founder of consignment Four Star Sales, died Dec. 25 in Atlanta, Ga., following a battle with Lewy body dementia, Thoroughbred Daily News and BloodHorse report. He was 73.
Born in Johnstown, Penn., Kenny began his career in journalism, making the full-time switch to bloodstock in 1972. He picked up his interest in horse racing while attending Loyola University in New Orleans. He took a job out of college writing about horse racing, and eventually became an editor for the Daily Racing Form. Kenny never fully lost touch with his reporting side after making his full-time move to bloodstock, penning stories for Thoroughbred Times and BloodHorse, and working as a broadcast commentator for NBC, ESPN, and CBC.
After honing his skills in California and Canada, Kenny moved to Kentucky to establish Sunny Blossom Farm in 1993 and solidify his Dan Kenny Bloodstock operation.
Among his most notable achievements in the bloodstock realm was purchasing In Neon, the eventual 1998 Broodmare of the Year, for client John Franks. In Neon's ensuing foals included multiple Grade 1 winners Sharp Cat and Royal Anthem, as well as multiple G3 winner Star Recruit.
Kenny also advised owner Eugene Melnyk on the $2-million purchase of Speightstown at the 1999 Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale. Speightstown went on to be named champion sprinter of 2004 after winning that year's Breeders' Cup Sprint, and he has become a prominent sire at WinStar Farm.
Other purchases guided by Kenny include the dams of champion and Breeders' Cup winner Chilukki, champion Phantom Light, G2 winners Comeonmom, and Mula Gula, and G3 winner Sunny Blossom.
In 2002, Kenny co-founded Four Star Sales with Kerry Cauthen, David Greathouse, and John T.L. Jones Jr. The operation has grown to become one of North America's leading consignors in the yearling and mixed sale markets.
Outside of the Thoroughbred industry, Kenny served as a director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project and chairman for the Oral History Committee at the University of Kentucky.
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