“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Leslie Combs II

1901 - 1990

Leslie Combs II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. Leslie Combs II Marker
Inscription. Leslie Combs II put a modern slant on the management and marketing of horses. He specialized in the form of syndication whereby some thirty-six shares would be sold in an individual stallion. Beau Pere, purchased for $100,000 in 1947, was his first syndication and was followed within a decade by Alibhai in the first half-million dollar syndication and then Nashua in the million-dollar plus syndication. Nashua became a prime tourist attraction in Lexington, standing for a quarter-century at Combs' Spendthrift Farm. In the early 1940s, Combs was one of the organizers of Breeders' Sales Company, forerunner of the sales division of Keeneland Association. His acumen as a salesman was illustrated by major investors he recruited into racing and by his being the leading consignor at the summer sale eighteen times. Yearlings sold by Combs and partners included record breakers such as 1950s filly champion Idun ($63,000) and 1969 Kentucky Derby winner Majestic Prince ($250,000). His son Brownell succeeded Combs in Spendthrift's management.
Location. 38° 2.524′ N, 84° 29.416′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west
Leslie Combs II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. Leslie Combs II Marker
. Click for map. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paul Mellon (here, next to this marker); Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. (here, next to this marker); C. V. Whitney (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Arden Graham (here, next to this marker); Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (a few steps from this marker); Lucille Parker Markey (a few steps from this marker); George D. Widener (a few steps from this marker); HRM Queen Elizabeth II (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . .  Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park. You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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