Baron Thierry van Zuylen, who raced 1982 Eclipse Award winner Perrault, died Jan. 2 in London, according to the Racing Post. He was 78.
Van Zuylen campaigned Perrault, who was bred in Great Britain, with Serge Fradkoff. Trained in the United States by Charlie Whittington, Perrault raced twice against the great John Henry in 1982. Perrault finished first in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) ahead of John Henry, but was disqualified and placed second. The two met again three weeks later in the San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. I). Perrault won and John Henry finished third.
Perrault captured the Budweiser Million (gr. IT) and the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. IT) later in the year. He was voted champion male grass runner.
Van Zuylen was the breeder and owner of Le Haar, a major French runner in the late 1950s who sired 1963 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Exbury. Van Zuylen raced additional major winners Astaria, Duc de Gueldre, Ramsin, and Voix Du Nord.
Van Zuylen’s survivors include a sister, Marie-Helene, wife of Baron Guy de Rothschild and mother of France-Galop president Edouard de Rothschild. Baron Van Zuylen’s daughter, Cordelia, is a trainer at Chantilly.