(Edited from the Racing Post)
Karin Baroness von Ullmann, a prominent German breeder/owner, died June 1 in Cologne. She was 87.
Dubbed "the grande dame of the turf" by the German racing press, the baroness was the owner of Gestüt Schlenderhan and the great-granddaughter of Eduard von Oppenheim, who founded the stud in 1869. Schlenderhan has remained in the ownership of the Oppenheim and von Ullmann families throughout.
Karin von Ullmann took over the stud at Bergheim, west of Cologne, on the death of her mother, Gabriele von Oppenheim in 1988.
She herself was widowed when her husband, Georg von Ullmann, died in an accident in 1972. She had twin children, a son who is the present Georg Baron von Ullmann and a daughter, Ilona.
Schlenderhan has been tremendously successful throughout its history. The stud hit a purple patch in 2007 when Adlerflug won the BMW Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) and Toylsome caused a sensation by winning the Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) at 100-1.
Irian became the stud’s second success in the Mehl-Mulhens Rennen (Ger-II, German Two Thousand Guineas) in the last three years when scoring at Cologne three weeks ago. He is now a possible runner at Royal Ascot.
The stud is also home to successful stallion Monsun, who has sired champion Manduro and Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Shirocco. International champion Ouija Board visited Schlenderhan to be covered by Monsun last year and delivered a colt by him on Valentine's Day.