Longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder Aaron Jones died Monday at his home in Eugene, Ore. He was 92.
Jones and his wife, Marie, partnered in their breeding operation to produce numerous champions, most notably in 2004 when Ashado won the Distaff and Speightstown took the Sprint on the same day at the Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park.
Another horse bred by the Joneses, Drosselmeyer, won the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Jones, who ran a lumber business in Oregon, was the first customer of Frank Taylor of Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky.
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The Joneses stood top sire Saint Ballado in partnership with Taylor Made.
"Mr. Jones not only became our best customer, he became a second father to me," Taylor said in a news release announcing Jones' death. "He guided me through all my early decisions, and I credit him with making us one of the largest farms in the world. We achieved great success together selling many million-dollar horses, raising three Breeders' Cup champions and producing a champion stallion in Saint Ballado. I consider Mr. Jones to be the best friend anyone could ever have. He was truly a great man."