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Kim Kessinger Dies

Longtime owner and breeder killed in accident.

April 25, 2012

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Longtime breeder and owner Kim Kessinger, 59, of Akron, Colorado, was killed in an accident yesterday, April 24.

According to an article by the Sterling, Colorado, Journal-Advocate, Kessinger was on a riding lawnmower, and was hit by a pickup truck pulling a livestock trailer while exiting a private drive. Colorado State Patrol said the truck’s driver was traveling the speed limit and that no one was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

Kessinger in his own name raced the winners of more than $158,000, including homebred Grade 3 winner Dr Kess. He also bred and raced horses in countless partnerships. His most famous was perhaps Whosleavingwho, owned in partnership with Jim Geiler. An earner of $1,334,842, the 2002 world champion won 23 of 37 races, including the Champion of Champions (G1), seven other Grade 1 and two other stakes. The two men, with Steve Burns, also raced Grade 1-placed stakes winner Meteoric. In partnership with Thomas Bradbury, Kessinger raced Grade 1 winner Fancys First Affair ($102,745), and the two men bred, and then in partnership with Howard Nichols, raced 2011 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) winner I Like The Odds ($911,606).

Kessinger is survived by his wife, Lila; sons Kory and Vern; and daughters Kendall and Kate.

Funeral arrangements are pending.