“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)

Lucille Parker Markey

1897 - 1982

Lucille Parker Markey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Lucille Parker Markey Marker
Inscription. From 1924 until her death, Maysville, Kentucky, native Mrs. Lucille Parker Markey was the lady of Calumet Farm. First as the young bride of Calumet heir Warren Wright Sr. and then as the wife of Hollywood writer Admiral Gene Markey, she lived the glory of the Lexington farm and its racing stable. After Wright's death in 1950, she continued the operation which already had bred and raced Triple Crown winners Whirlaway and Citation. Under her guidance, Calumet was America's leading breeder eight times and leading owner five times. Mrs. Markey added Kentucky Derby winners Hill Gail, Iron Liege, Tim Tam, and Forward Pass, bringing to eight the farm's unmatched record of Derby winners owned. After a downturn, Mrs. Markey rebounded in the late 1970s and early 1980s with filly champions Davona Dale, Our Mims, and Before Dawn and the distinguished runner and sire Alydar. The Markeys' lifestyle embraced Europe, Florida, and Saratoga, and Mrs. Markey's philanthropy was instrumental in establishing the Lucille Parker Markey cancer center at the University of Kentucky.
Location. 38° 2.516′ N, 84° 29.405′ 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
Lucille Parker Markey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Lucille Parker Markey Marker
the right when traveling west. 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. HRM Queen Elizabeth II (here, next to this marker); Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (here, next to this marker); Ogden Phipps (here, next to this marker); Allen Paulson (a few steps from this marker); Col. Phil T. Chinn (a few steps from this marker); Capt. Harry Guggenheim (a few steps from this marker); Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); C. V. Whitney (a few steps from 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 320 times since then and 66 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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