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

August Belmont II

1853 - 1924

 
 
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By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. August Belmont II Marker
Inscription. Man O’ War, the legendary race horse from the Golden Age of Sport, was bred in Kentucky by August Belmont II. For more than a quarter-century, Belmont was perhaps the most important figure in Thoroughbred racing, as chairman of the Jockey Club, a member of the New York Racing Commission and president of the Grand Race Track named Belmont Park for his father. He also was influential outside racing, particularly in his key role of financing the New York Subway System and the Cape Cod Canal.

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.
 
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
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By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. August Belmont II Marker
Street (U.S. 60) and Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Eastern Ave, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
 
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.
 
Also see . . .
1. Traingle Park - Thoroughbred Park. “Thoroughbred Park is one of the world’s most unique cultural and historic landmarks. Never before has a more stunning tribute been made the beloved horses, its owners and breeders for their innumerable contributions to a region. The 2.75 acre public park is divided into five major areas, each a lifelike vignette from the world of racing. The Knoll — Nestled within this peaceful, treed quarter-acre
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By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
3. Thoroughbred Park
setting, an outdoor museum commemorating racing’s best and brightest starts–both human and equine.” (Submitted on July 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.) 

2. The Equine Work of Gwen Reardon. Life-size bronzes in Thoroughbred Park, Lexington, Kentucky. “One of the most visible collections of Gwen Reardon’s work is in Lexington, Kentucky’s downtown Thoroughbred Park. The park is a tribute to the thoroughbred race horse, and features thirteen sculptures. Seven life size bronze race horses and jockeys run for the finish line. Also in the park are broodmares and foals and the great stallion Lexington.” (Submitted on July 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.) 

3. Thoroughbred Park. (Submitted on July 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.)
 
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By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
4. Thoroughbred Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,757 times since then and 91 times this year. This page 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.
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