Nebraska Horseman Paul Kemling Dies

Campaigned 20-time stakes winner Amadevil in Nebraska.

Paul Kemling, a leading Nebraska breeder/owner whose runners included Nebraska Hall of Famer Amadevil, died Dec. 15 at the Grand Island Veterans Home near Grand Island, Neb., according to the Lincoln Journal Star. He was 91.

Kemling and his brother Orville, who trained the family’s horses, were elected to the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame in 1981. The two men were the breeders of numerous stakes winners who competed at Ak-Sar-Ben in Nebraska.

Amadevil, bred by Paul Kemling and his wife, Jackie, and raced by the brothers, ventured out of state on occasion during his racing career that stretched from 1976-82. Amadevil’s 20 stakes wins included scores in New York in the Paumonok Handicap and the Sport Page Handicap. Amadevil also won the Phoenix Handicap at Keeneland, the Count Fleet Handicap and Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and set a track record in a stakes at Hazel Park and one at Balmoral. Amadevil was inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.

Paul Kemling also campaigned such other stakes winners as Bold Accent, Amajewel, and Roman Zipper, who won or placed in 28 stakes.

Kemling is survived by Jackie and a son and two daughters.

Orville Kemling died in 1996.