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Honoring a Kentucky lady, my mother – Elaine Klein!

Elaine Klein
Photo credit: Bill Luster, Bloodhorse.com

Frequent Yelm visitor for 25 years & prominent Kentucky citizen
Elaine Klein passed away July 31 at her home in Buckner, KY.:

Klein was an accomplished equestrienne, former vice chairman of the board of the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C, former member of then-titled Kentucky Harness Racing Commission, former member the Louisville Zoo Commission, co-chair with her husband of the opening of Kentucky Center for the Arts (1983), and a civic benefactor. As a prominent owner and breeder in Kentucky who raced horses in partnership with her husband and son Richard, “the Kleins rank fourth in all-time documented wins at Churchill Downs with 148.”

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bert Klein; her sons, Stephen (Yael) Klein of Yelm, Washington, David Klein and Richard (Beth) Klein; a sister, Sandra (Edward) Russell of Birmingham, AL; her grandchildren, Erin, Kathryn, Chelsea and Casey; a great-grandson, Luke; and several nieces and nephews.
Klein’s first-born son Stephen was a 2005 mayoral candidate for the City of Yelm, WA.
[UPDATE: Klein’s second-born son David, died 5 months later, December 29, 2013.]

The family would like to extend a thank you and gratitude to her doctors and her caregivers, especially Mittie Davis and Tinuke Maclu-Uboku (Tue-Tue).

– The July 31 passing of Elaine Klein was reported as follows:

– “Elaine Klein: Death of a true lady leaves a void”
Read more by Jennie Rees, Louisville, KY Courier-Journal (A Gannett Company).

– “Owner Elaine Klein Dies”
Read more by Evan Hammonds, Bloodhorse.com.

– “Owner-breeder Elaine Klein dies at age 80”
Read more by Byron King, Daily Racing Form (DRF).

– “Saratoga: Beijoca seeks to deliver tribute to Elaine Klein by winning Waya”
By David Grening in the Daily Racing Form.
Read more

– “Time For Old and New in Thoroughbred Racing”

By John Asher in The Voice-Tribune, a weekly newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky.
Read more , scroll down.

– “Saratoga notes: Windswept may be stakes bound after impressive win”
By David Grening in the Daily Racing Form.
Read more

– Horse trainer Steve Margolis on Elaine Klein as the Gardenia Stakes runs at Ellis Park
By Marty McGee in the Daily Racing Form.
Read more, scroll down.

– “Idas Horse – Grade 2 turf stakes starter honors late owners longtime friend”
By Catlyn Spivey in the August 24th edition of This Is Horse Racing.com.
Read more, scroll down to pages 36, 38 & 40.

– Elaine Klein’s Obituary published in the Louisville newspaper
Read more in the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal (A Gannett Company).

– Elaine Klein’s Obituary published in the Yelm, WA newspaper
Read more from the Nisqually Valley News, Yelm, WA.

– Update: July 3, 2014
“Equine Research Career Development Award Created in Memory of Elaine Klein”
Read more from the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Press Release.

Click here for the post in Thoroughbred Daily News.
Scroll down to page 14.

– Update: April 10, 2015
“Veterinary college’s Dr. Sophie Bogers wins $15,000 Elaine Klein Development Award”
From Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Read more

– Update: July 20, 2015
In the Age of the Miraculous: Miracles, Extraordinary Experiences, and Discoveries” a new book released today by Sophie Sykes includes the story of Elaine Klein, making herself known to her family after she passed. She lives on.
Read more

– Update: September 1, 2015
“Pillars of The Temple – Elaine Klein”
“Temple Beautification”
By Rabbi Chester B. Diamond
Read more

– Update: March 15, 2016
“The recipient of the second $15,000 Elaine Klein Career Development Award, in 2016, is Dr. Amanda Zeigler of North Carolina State University.”
From the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.
Read more

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