Lexington Bloodstock Agent Art Baumohl Dies

Art Baumohl, who owned Colin Bloodstock and Advertising, died the morning of Jan. 12 of congestive heart failure at a Lexington nursing home. He was 78.

Baumohl worked closely with such prominent owners and/or breeders as Nelson Bunker Hunt and Lee Eaton of Red Bull Stables. Baumohl accompanied Hunt to South America to help in the selection of mares.

"He also did a lot of claiming of mares for Red Bull," said Rick Trontz, Baumohl's nephew who owns Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky. "He got me my first job (as a groom) at the racetrack."

Baumohl's opinion as both a bloodstock agent and handicapper was highly valued. Baumohl, who started Colin in 1962 and bred eight stakes winners alone and in partnership, felt the best way to get top runners was to breed a stallion who showed ability on the racetrack to mares of similar ilk.

"Analyze the race records of the sire and dam," he told an audience as one of the featured speakers at the 1989 International Thoroughbred Exposition and Conference in Lexington. "Be a student of racing class. Runners make a pedigree; no runners, no pedigree. It is unreasonable to expect a horse which couldn't run to have offspring which can run."

In the field of handicapping, Baumohl was the only one of some 50 writers to pick Dust Commander to win the 1970 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Dust Commander went off at 35-1.

A Navy veteran with a college degrees in geology and history, Baumohl worked for a time in the editorial department of The Blood-Horse and called the feature race at Keeneland on the radio. In 1971 in Louisville, Baumohl bought a silver and gold trophy that was presented to Colin's owner, James R. Keene, after Colin won the 1908 Belmont Stakes. Baumohl's wife, Jane, spotted the trophy.

Baumohl's survivors include his wife and nephew. Visitation will be at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, Ky. Friday, Jan. 14, from 6-9 p.m.