Devenport, Owned B.C. Champ Unbridled Elaine, Dead at 84

Roger Devenport, who campaigned 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Unbridled Elaine, died Dec. 30 at his home in Lexington, Ky. He was 84.

Devenport owned Six D Ranch near Lexington, which he named after his wife and four children. Devenport's wife, Betty, died Wednesday at St. Joseph's Community Hospital in West Bend, Wis.

Roger Devenport spent most of his life in West Bend where he was in the butter business. His company, Level Valley Dairy, churned out 45 million pounds of butter a year. Devenport retired from the company in 1987 and moved to Lexington nine years later to be closer to Thoroughbred racing.

Unbridled Elaine, who was purchased for $230,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, was Devenport's only Breeders' Cup starter. The daughter of Unbridled's Song mounted a late rally in the 2001 Distaff at Belmont Park to nip defending champion Spain by a head at the wire.

Devenport could not attend the race because he was undergoing radiation treatment for cancer in Lexington. He watched the race from Keeneland.

Devenport was the Wisconsin Golden Gloves heavyweight champion in 1940 and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. He was buried in Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend.