Harry Z. Isaacs Horse breeder, clothier

September 26, 1990

Services for Harry Z. Isaacs, a horse breeder and retired clothing manufacturer, will be held at 2 p.m. today at his home, Brookfield Farm, 14123 Mantua Mill Road, Glyndon.

Mr. Isaacs, who was 86, died Sunday of cancer at his home.

He was long associated with I. C. Isaacs & Co., started by his father, which manufactured men's and women's pants. It has plants in Milford, Del., and in Mississippi. Mr. Isaacs sold the company in 1984 to a group of employees and other investors, but he remained as a consultant until retiring last year.

As a breeder, he specialized for many years in horses of the Fair Play bloodline that had included Man o' War. Brookfield Farm horses included Intent, a grandson of Man o' War, and Intentionally, winner in the late 1950s and early 1960s of 18 of 34 races and more than $600,000. In 1989, I Rejoice, another of his horses, won the Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park.

Many of his horses are stabled at Belmont Park with his longtime trainer, Edward I. Kelly. Although Mr. Isaacs' stable and home bear the same name, none of his horses is kept at the farm. Those not at Belmont are kept in Kentucky or at Long Branch Farm in Virginia.

Brookfield Farm was bought in 1986 by Mr. Isaacs, who spent 2 1/2 years restoring the early 19th-century brick house and establishing it as a museum.

Mr. Isaacs also was a breeder of dogs, most recently Rottweilers. He was a former president and major financial supporter of the Maryland Kennel Club.

Born in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Isaacs grew up in Baltimore. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is survived by a sister, Miriam Lissberger of Santa Rosa, Calif.

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