Robin Scully, prominent Thoroughbred breeder and owner, died in his sleep July 12 at his home, Abbottswood, in the village of Stow-on-the-Wold, in the English Cotswolds. He was 89 years old.
For 50 years Scully owned Clovelly Farms near Lexington, where he bred 125 winners, including nine grade/group I victors. Scully dispersed his bloodstock in the fall of 2010 and the following year sold Clovelly Farms to Richard and Sue Masson's Golden Age Farm, who operate under the name Green Lantern Stable.
Among the winners bred by Scully are Pleasantly Perfect, winner of the 2003 Breeders Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I); and other group I victors Alkaased, Ancient Regime, Crack Regiment, Pay the Butler, and Elusive Kate. As an owner, Scully won the Prix Morny (Fr-I) at Deauville three times with Ancient Regime (1979), Seven Springs (1985), and Regal State (1986).
Scully is survived by his brother, William A. Scully; nephew, William; and niece, Ricarda Scully, all of whom reside in Nebraska..
A memorial service for Scully will be held at Abbottswood July 22.