Thoroughbreds, Farms, and Racing

18__ - 1917

Turfman and Distillery Investor

Colonel William S. Barnes was a noted breeder of thoroughbred horses.  In 1881, he purchased half interest, with Colonel James E. Pepper, in the Melbourne Stud Farm.  Melbourne was located on Georgetown Pike, one mile from the city limits on the interurban tracks.  In 1891, Barnes acquired sole ownership of the farm.  In the late...

After the death of his first wife, James Ben Ali Haggin made his permanent residence in New York, but spent several months during the summer in Kentucky.  Haggin began searching for a Kentucky farm, for his thoroughbred stable and operations, to be nearer his new fiancée’s family.

On October 22, 1897, Haggin purchased the 545-acre Elmendorf Stock Farm...

Attached you will find several pdfs of Horse Sale Catalogues that come from the Hamburg Place Collection at LexHistory

2003.001.004- Horse Sale Catalogue, for Horses in Training and Yearlings: The Property of Mr. J.H. Anderson, Mr. C.A. Applegate, Mr. W.H. Fizer, Mr. R.L. Gerry, Mr. H.M. Howard, Mr. E.M. Kruelwitch, Mr. S. McNaughton, Mr. Otto Rasch, Mr. A.J. Ruben: at Empire City Race Track: Yonkers, NY:...

After James Ben Ali Haggin’s purchase of Elmendorf Farm, he began to develop plans for a palatial mansion as a wedding gift to his wife.

In March 1900, the Haggins arrived in Kentucky, from New York, to spend a few weeks planning and reviewing improvements to the farm, including the new main residence.  The Haggins temporarily used the old residence on the Old Kenney Place (the Carter-Harrison dwelling). ...

1809 - 1886

Turfman and Banker.

James A. Grinstead was born around 1809.  He served as a clerk of the old Bank of the United States Branch at Lexington and as the United States Pension Agent for Kentucky during the early 1830s.  When the Northern Bank of Kentucky succeeded the Bank of the United States at Lexington, Mr. Grinstead continued as the Cashier of the new institution.  During the late...

1913 - 1980

Thoroughbred Farmer.

Louis Lee Haggin II was born in Fayette County on April 12, 1913, the great grandson of James Ben Ali Haggin (legendary horseman and mining operator).  James B. A. Haggin was a partner in the famed Homestead (silver) Mine in Colorado and Anaconda (copper) Mine in Montana.  He owned Elmendorf Farm in Lexington (with over 1,000 thoroughbred horses).  Louis L. Haggin...

1856 - 1921

Lumber Merchant, Banker and Thoroughbred Farmer.

Hal Pettit Headley was born during 1856, the son of George W. Headley (of the private banking firm of Headley, Anderson & Company).  He served as the President of the family's Headley Lumber Company in Lexington.  Mr. Headley served on the Board of Directors of the Central Bank (1890s), First National Bank (in the early 1900s), Third...

1889 - 1962

Thoroughbred Farmer.

Hal Price Headley was born in Lexington on the family's farm during 1889, the son of Hal Pettit Headley.  During 1908, he returned from Princeton University to take over the family's farms, La Belle and Beaumont, after his father suffered a stroke.  In 1912, Mr. Headley began to actively purchase thoroughbred horses for his own stable and during the next fifty years...

At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, roughly a hundred years ago, James Ben Ali Haggin of Elmendorf, was famous as one of the era’s robber barons - a wealthy mining operator and turfman.

A letter addressed to J. B. Haggin, America, provided sufficient information to be delivered immediately to his New York office.  However, today his name is forgotten, except for parts of Kentucky, California, South...

Man O War was a Chestnut Colt born in 1917, in Lexington at Nursery Stud.   He as sired by Fair Play; out of Mahubah, the daughter of Rock Sand (winner of the British version of the Triple Crown).  He was named by Mrs. Belmont “My Man O’ War”, in honor of her...

1851 – 1925

Grocer and Horsemen.  Preston Kinzea Stone opened a small grocery store in Georgetown, Kentucky, during 1876 “with only two hundred dollars” to his name.  He was extremely successful and expanded into the wholesale grocery business.  He became wealthy and had a number of interests.  He also became a horseman, with thoroughbred and trotters, and won the Kentucky Derby in 1891.

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