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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Hal Price Headley

1888 - 1962

 
 
Hal Price Headley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Hal Price Headley Marker
Inscription. Hal Price Headley embodied the image of the Bluegrass horseman. He was sophisticated in business, but always a man of agriculture, raising tobacco as well as Thoroughbreds. His lasting legacy to Lexington was his instrumental role in formation of Keeneland Race course, which since the 1930s has typified the best traditions of the sport of Thoroughbred racing. He was president of Keeneland for some 15 years, after which son-in-law Louis Lee Haggin II took the reins. Succeeding generations continued the family's involvement and contribution to racing, among them a daughter, Mrs. Alice Chandler, owner of Mill Ridge Farm and breeder of the English Derby winner Sir Ivor.

Headley was the son of Lexington horseman Hal Petit Headley and launched his own career while a teenager, buying the mare Tweedledum with $420 he hadborrowed from his grandfather. Later, he was first president of the Thoroughbred Horse Association and of the American Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. Headley was the first owner to win 100 races at Keeneland and his best runners included Alcibiades and Menow.
 
Location. 38° 2.498′ N, 84° 29.437′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and
Hal Price Headley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Hal Price Headley Marker
Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on 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. August Belmont II (here, next to this marker); Col. E. R. Bradley (a few steps from this marker); Sheikh Mohammed (a few steps from this marker); John Hay Whitney (a few steps from this marker); E. P. Taylor (a few steps from this marker); Arthur B. Hancock, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); James R. Keene (a few steps from this marker); Bing Crosby (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.) 
 
Categories. Sports
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 14 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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