Services for Henryk de Kwiatkowski, the owner of Calumet Farm who died Monday, will be held March 20 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Nassau. He is scheduled to be buried on his property at Lyford Cay. Plans call for memorials to be held at Keeneland and in New York.
De Kwaitkowski became a hero of sorts by purchasing historic Calumet Farm at auction in 1992 following a dismal period in the farm's history. His death came a day after his Region of Merit won the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III). De Kwaitkowski was 79.
The New York Times reported that the cause of death was pneumonia.
De Kwiatkowski's best horse was Conquistador Cielo. As a 3-year-old in 1982, Conquistador Cielo set a track-record in winning the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), then shocked the racing world by coming back five days later to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by 14 lengths. He was voted Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male and syndicated for a record $36 million.