Elisabeth Alexander

Elisabeth Alexander

Tom LaMarra

Prominent Ohio Owner/Breeder Elisabeth Alexander Dies

Owned millionaire and seven-time graded stakes winner Magna Graduate.

Elisabeth “Betty” Alexander, a prominent owner/breeder who helped keep Thoroughbred racing alive in Ohio, died Nov. 16.

Alexander raced eight-time graded stakes winner Magna Graduate , who won 10 of 35 races and more than $2.5 million; in addition to graded stakes winners Bridge Game and homebred Cryptoquip. She also bred graded winners Blueeyesintherein, Jessica's Star, and Sacristy.

Alexander served as president of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners from 2005-2007 and had several homebred Ohio champions including Cryptoquip, Head to Toe, Floater, Crack the Code, and Lived It Up.

Alexander was an active philanthropist. The Quentin and Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is part of University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, of which she was an honorary trustee. She was also a trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art and director of the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation.

“Mrs. Alexander was a remarkable woman,” said Kim Valerio, her bloodstock agent in Kentucky. “Her love and compassion for her animals was reflected in the exceptional care they were given. I am thankful to have been part of her special life.”

Alexander is survived by three daughters, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.