J. David Richardson, a renowned Louisville surgeon, horse owner, and racing executive — familiar to both the flat and steeplechasing communities — died on Tuesday in Saratoga Springs. According to DRF, “Doc” Richardson was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia following a Covid-19 diagnosis, and subsequently experienced cardiac arrest. Here’s a link to the full story: https://www.drf.com/news/dr-j-david-richardson-owner-breeder-racing-executive-dies-age-76
Richardson was a cousin of the late, great Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens, and he bred and raced horses for nearly 50 years. He was a member of The Jockey Club, a former member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, and at various times served as the executive chairman, chairman, vice chairman, and secretary of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Most recently, Richardson campaigned the jumper Kilronan with trainer Arch Kingsley, winning at the 2021 Queens Cup Races. He also owned Harrods Creek, a stakes-winner on the flat, who later ran over hurdles under Kingsley’s guidance.
Kingsley described Richardson as a “great sportsman who never lost sight of the business of what we do.
” (He was) so versatile and dynamic in his thinking, there seemed to be no corner of our racing world that he wasn’t willing to go and involve himself. Most of all he was a bright mind and a good friend. I’ll miss our conversations that were always thoughtful and illuminating. As his trainer he was always loyal and trusting. He wanted things to be done as efficiently and effectively as possible, but always put the horse first.”