Joseph L. Allbritton, a well-known banker and businessman who campaigned 1991 3-year-old champion Hansel and then brought the son of Woodman back to his Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, Va., at the conclusion of his stud career in Japan, died Wednesday in Houston, Texas, after an extended illness. He was 87 years old.
While Hansel may be Mr. Allbritton's best-known Thoroughbred through triumphs in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes under the direction of trainer Frank Brothers, his involvement in Thoroughbred racing dated back to the 1970s. He owned a small string of horses in Europe, winning Group races with the likes of Swell Fellow and 1977 Royal Ascot winner He Loves Me, trained by Jeremy Hindley.
In 1981, Mr. Allbritton became involved as a Thoroughbred breeder through his purchase of the onetime Brookmeade Farm of Isabel Dodge Sloan, which he renamed Lazy Lane. He added adjacent property to the farm, bringing its total up to just shy of 1,800 acres.
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