James “Jimmy” Alexander, a known and respected horseman, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Nov. 24.

Born to Russell and Mattie Alexander in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 15, 1948, Jimmy was a proud third generation horseman. Jimmy was raised on the prestigious Bwamazon Farm in Winchester, Ky., where he thoroughly enjoyed learning from and working with his father as he grew up.

The family later relocated to Ocala, Fla., when Jimmy was in his teens. His love for working with horses continued in Ocala where he also enjoyed playing baseball into his adult years. He graduated from Ocala High School in 1967 and after graduation he proudly served his country by joining the United States Air Force. Jimmy served in the Vietnam War and after his four year enlistment was complete he returned to the Thoroughbred industry.

Over the years while involved in the Thoroughbred industry he was a manager with the notable farms of Franks Farm, Bwamazon Farm and Live Oak Plantation before becoming Farm Manager of Double Diamond Farm. Jimmy resided at Double Diamond for more than 30 years and was very active in his role before succumbing to his short illness.

Jimmy additionally loved playing golf with his diverse group of friends. He could often be found heading to or on the golf course. An avid and knowledgeable sports fan he followed the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators sports teams.

Jimmy’s positive outlook and kind personality will forever live through memories and stories about him from all that loved him.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Deni Alexander of Ocala; two fourth generation horseman sons Chris, and his wife Lisa, with McKathan Brothers in Ocala; and Kevin, and his wife Lori, with Middlebrook Farm in Lexington; grandchildren Ashton Alexander, Justin Alexander, Matthew Alexander and step-grandson Brandon Kessel; step great-grandson Bryson Kessel; step-children Kris Spencer and Bethany Spencer-Smith; cousins Rusty Arnold (trainer), Terry Arnold (trainer), Debbie Arnold, Lenny Arnold, Scott McClene, and Steven McClene.

In Lieu of flowers a donation can be made in his name to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. An informal celebration of life will be hosted by the family this Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Ocala National Golf Club from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST. A similar event will be held in Kentucky on a future date.

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