William A. Marquard, who came close to winning the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with homebred Aly's Alley, died Oct. 22 in Lexington after a brief illness. He was 86.
Marquard established Eaglestone Farm near Carlisle, Ky., on undeveloped land that he bought in 1983. He developed the farm into a homebred and commercial operation.
Aly's Alley was the richest of Marquard's runners. The graded stakes-winning colt came within a head of winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and placed in six other graded stakes, including the United Nations (gr. IT) and Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) Handicaps in consecutive races in 2000. He earned $902,210.
Marquard, who served as chairman of the board of American Standard, was a major supporter of a number of Central Kentucky causes. He was on the board of the Markey Cancer Foundation and Transylvania University and was a key contributor to the Headley-Whitney Museum.
Transylvania named its baseball field after Marquard, who had played baseball at the University of Pennsylvania and in a semi-pro league. The Pittsburgh native is a member of Transylvania's athletic hall of fame.
Marquard and his wife, Margaret, also helped sponsor the charity fund raiser Lexington Ball.
Marquard campaigned additional graded stakes winners Alannan and Magic Storm. The former's big wins came in 2001 in the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland and the Lane's End Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II). Magic Storm, whom Marquard bred and raced with Lexingtonian William T. Young, won the 2002 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II).
In the Eaglestone name, Marquard also was the breeder of two other stakes winners (one in partnership), including Canadian graded winner With Flair.
Marquard sold Eaglestone last year, but continued to own horses. He is survived by his wife; a son, Stephen; and two daughters, Pamela and Suzanne.