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Nelson Bunker Hunt Stats Updated Through: 5/30/2006
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Resident: Dallas, Texas ... Family: wife Caroline ... Legendary owner-breeder returned to Thoroughbred ownership in 1999 after dispersing stock in 1988 ... An heir to the fortune of billionaire H.L. Hunt (who died in 1974), Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brothers Lamar and W. Herbert were forced to place their Placid Oil exploration firm into bankruptcy in 1986 ... The bankruptcy followed the loss of much of the family fortune in the collapse of the silver market in 1980 ... Bought first Thoroughbreds in 1955 and built his breeding program into one of the world's largest and most productive in the 1970s and 1980s ... Won Eclipse Awards as champion breeder in 1976, 1985, and 1987 ... His Kentucky-based Bluegrass Farm once included 8,000 acres, all of which were sold by the early 1990s ... Best horses bred or raced: Vaguely Noble (1968 Horse of the Year in Europe); Dahlia (1975 champion turf horse); Empery (1976 Epsom Derby); Youth (1976 champion turf horse); Exceller (1978 grade I winner, millionaire); Trillion (1979 champion turf female); Glorious Song (1980 champion older female); Dahar (1985 grade I winner, millionaire); and Estrapade (1986 champion turf female) ... Dispersal at Keeneland in January of 1988 generated highest gross revenue in history of Thoroughbred auctions, selling 580 horses for $46,912,000 ... Now chairman of Hunt Exploration and Mining Company, with worldwide interests in energy and mineral resources ... Re-entered Thoroughbred market at Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training at Lone Star Park in March of 1999, where he bought 13 juveniles for $359,000 ... Also bought 38 yearlings for $1,716,000 at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sales ... Charlie's Beau was purchased at Texas juvenile sale for $8,500, one of Hunt's least expensive purchases of the year ... "At my age, I don't plan to do any breeding or buy a farm, I just want to have some fun and try to get lucky racing," Hunt said in July.


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