Phil Chess Dies

The longtime owner and breeder of racing Quarter Horses was 95.

Chicago Sun-Times

Phil Chess, a longtime owner of racing Quarter Horses whose homebreds included Grade 1 winner Jakes Jockmo, died on Wednesday. PHOTO: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Phil Chess, who with his brother Leonard founded Chess Records in the 1950s, died at his home in Tucson on Wednesday. He was 95.

In addition to founding Chess Records, a label which has been credited with popularizing rock 'n' roll, Chess bred and raced several successful Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, including 1999 Texas Classic Derby (G1) winner Jakes Jockmo and Grade 2 winner Ms Klee, a homebred daughter of Jakes Jockmo.

A private service is planned in Tucson.

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