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Covington in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Latonia Race Track

 
 
Latonia Race Track Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
1. Latonia Race Track Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  This track, l883-1939, known as one of world's foremost race tracks; two yearly meets, spring-summer and late fall. Leonatus won Hindoo Stakes, 1883. Greatest attraction was Latonia Derby, 1˝ mile event. Winners included Broadway Jones, Gallant Knight, and Upset. Here, Handy Mandy in 1927 beat record of Man o' War for 1˝ mile distance.

Extended west from Winston Ave. with main entrance at head of Latonia Ave. Generous purses attracted such equine greats as Epinard, Clyde Van Dusen, Zev, Black Gold, and Equipoise. After amassing substantial debts in the 1930s, Latonia Race Track closed after its last race on July 29, 1939.
Presented by City of Covington

 
Erected 1989 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1853.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsParks & Recreational AreasSports. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
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2.777′ N, 84° 30.245′ W. Marker is in Covington, Kentucky, in Kenton County. Marker is at the intersection of Winston Avenue (Kentucky Route 16) and West 38th Street, on the right when traveling south on Winston Avenue. Marker is in front of an American Legion post. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Winston Avenue, Latonia KY 41015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ritte's Corner (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holy Cross Parish (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holmes High School / Holmesdale Estate (approx. one mile away); St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (approx. one mile away); Site of Longwood (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Shaw House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Frank L. Michaels House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Virginia Apartments (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Latonia Race Track. From the Kentucky Historical Society's ExploreKYHistory series. (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. Old Latonia: America's Most Beautiful Race Course (YouTube). A 26-minute documentary film by Cam Miller on Old Latonia Race Track. This film is told through the eyes of former employee James Robertson as he takes us through the glory days
Latonia Race Track Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
2. Latonia Race Track Marker (Side B)
and eventual demise of Old Latonia. (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Latonia Race Track Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
3. Latonia Race Track Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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