Beginning of Horse Racing in Kentucky
Whitley settled in Kentucky in 1775 from Virginia. In 1788, Whitley began to hold annual fall racing. The races became so popular that the Lincoln County Court “Ordered…to view the most convenient way for a road from Whitley’s race path to the courthouse and report thereof to the court”.
By 1800, the sport of horse racing had spurred the building of tracks in Georgetown, Danville, Bardstown, Shelbyville, Versailles, Winchester, and Maysville, Kentucky.
Location. 37° 28.13′ N, 84° 32.877′ W. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Celebration (within shouting distance of this marker); A Little Bit to Eat at the Race (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sportsman Hill (about 400 feet away); Sportsman's Hill / Whitley House - 1785 (about 400 feet away); The Legacy of Sportsman’s Hill at Crab Orchard (about 500 feet away); Where Racing Turned Around (about 600 feet away); A View from Sportsman’s Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sportsman's Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crab Orchard.
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