Lars la Cour, former manager of Robin Scully’s Clovelly Farm near Lexington, died on his 85th birthday, June 23, at his East Berne, N.Y., home.
Born in Denmark, la Cour started with Clovelly in 1959 when businessman Robin Scully bought the farm acreage. As manager, la Cour became known for raising talented runners, including such stars as turf champion Assagai, Seven Springs, Silver Hawk, and Pay the Butler.
La Cour was honored as the 1982 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club Manager of the Year. La Cour also tutored such leading horsemen as Allen Kershaw, Dan Rosenberg, and Marvin “Junior” Little. The first two-named also were named Kentucky Farm Managers of the Year.
La Cour is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gunvor, and three children, including son Rick, the 1984 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club president.
A memorial service will be held July 3 at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Berne, N.Y. A memorial service will be held in Lexington at a later date.