L. Clay Camp, who sold the highest-priced yearling ever at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, died May 4 at his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 78.
Born in Marion, S.C., Leon Clay Camp was a lifelong horseman who grew up working with draft and show horses and who, with his wife Barbara, spent the majority of his working life as a leading consigner of Thoroughbreds under his Glenmore Farm banner.
A fixture at the Saratoga summer yearling sales, Camp consigned as agent a Northern Dancercolt out of the Stage Door Johnnymare Bubbling that sold for $4.6 million at the 1984 sale. Consigned for Wild Oak Plantation, the colt was bought by Tom Cooper of the Irish branch of the British Bloodstock Agency for a partnership that included Robert Sangster, Vincent O’Brien, John Magnier, and Danny Schwartz. The price remains a Saratoga record.
Camp served as a director on a variety of boards, including the Atlantic Rural Exposition (now the Virginia State Fair), the Virginia Thoroughbred Association--for which he served two terms as president, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and the Virginia Horse Center. He also was a founder and the first president of the Virginia Horse Council.
Camp, who moved his Glenmore Farm operation from Virginia to Central Kentucky near Athens in 1987, bred several stakes winners alone and in partnership. They included three-time added-money winner Our Gatesby.
Camp was preceded in death by Barbara. The couple had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. Camp’s survivors include sons Jefferson and L. Clay Camp Jr., plus daughters Carrie and June.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am May 8 at the Poplar Springs Cemeteryin Franklin, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Virginia Horse Center or the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.