Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
August Belmont II
1853 - 1924
Man O’ War was foaled at Belmont’s Nursery Stud on Georgetown Pike outside Lexington. Because Belmont at 65 had accepted a commission to go to Europe as a supply officer during World War I, he decided to sell his yearling crop and Samuel D. Riddle bought Man O' War for $5,000 at Saratoga.
Belmont’s father, August I, had a meteoric career with Rothschilds Bank, after which he came to America to launch his own banking firm. He and August II bred and raced a series of distinguished horses. Many years later, August Belmont IV also was chairman of the Jockey Club and won the 1983 Belmont Stakes with Caveat.
Topics. This historical marker is listed Animals • Entertainment • Sports.
Location. 38° 2.498′ N, 84° 29.442′ 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. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Eastern Ave, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sheikh Mohammed (here, next to this marker); Hal Price Headley (here, next to this marker); E. P. Taylor (a few steps from this marker); Col. E. R. Bradley (a few steps from this marker); Arthur B. Hancock, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Bing Crosby (a few steps from this marker); Warner L. Jones Jr. (a few steps from this marker); James R. Keene (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is the list of the plaques in The Knoll section of the park that together form a history of the Thoroughbreds.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,945 times since then and 47 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week August 19, 2012. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.