June 2019 Member of the Month::
Breeding and racing horses with his late parents, Bertram and Elaine, Richard Klein experienced great heights. Continuing their legacy, Klein now bred and races undefeated Break Even. Carrying the Klein family’s distinctive lime green silks, accented with black chevrons, the sophomore filly streaked to a 5 ½-length victory in the May 3 Eight Belles Stakes presented by Derby City Gaming (G2) at Churchill Downs.
Louisville resident Klein boards his ten broodmares at Fred and Nancy Mitchell’s Clarkland Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. Modestly, he recalled, “I remember asking Fred recently, ‘Did you like Break Even as a foal?’ and he said, ‘She was a nice foal.’ It was nothing really about her that wowed him, other than that she was a typical Country Day baby.” Both Amy LoPresti, who breaks Klein’s horses with husband Charlie, and trainer Brad Cox—plus his assistant Tessa Bisha—also noted Break Even’s progress at two.