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

Sheikh Mohammed

1949 -

 
 
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By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. Sheikh Mohammed Marker
Inscription. Through the last two decades of the 20th Century and into the next, the dominant purchasers of Thoroughbreds in the world were the Maktoum brothers from the country of Dubai. As the ruling family of that oil producing Emirate, the Maktoums are international statesmen as well as extraordinary sportsmen. Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum bid Rashin al Maktoum is the oldest brother, but Sheikh Mohammed has often been the most visible spokesman for the family's collective and individual racing and breeding operations. The Maktoums spent more than $400 million at the Keeneland July yearling sales from 1980 through 1999. Two of the brothers, Sheikh Maktoum and Sheikh Hamdan, established glamorous and well run farms in Kentucky. Sheikh Hamdan bred Epsom Derby winners Nashwan and Erhaab at his Shadwell Stud, while the unbeaten Espom Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Lammtarra was among distinguished runners from Sheikh Maktoum's Gainsborourh Stud. Sheikh Mohammed purchased several farms in the historic Thoroughbred breeding centers of England and Ireland. The Maktoum recognized the high international status of American racing, and their many winners individually or in the family-owned Godolphin stable name included Breeders' Cup winners such as Daylami, Pebbles, Barathea, In the Wings, and Arazi. By the turn of the Century, Sheikh Mohammed had
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By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Sheikh Mohammed Marker
set his sights on the Kentucky Derby as the Godolphin division's primary goal for the future.
 
Location. 38° 2.498′ N, 84° 29.445′ 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. Touch 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); E. P. Taylor (a few steps from this marker); Hal Price Headley (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); Col. E. R. Bradley (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.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thoroughbred Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.)
2. The Equine art of Gwen Reardon. (Submitted on July 23, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.)
3. Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park.
Sheikh Mohammed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
3. Sheikh Mohammed Marker
You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.) 
 
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Thoroughbred Park image. Click for full size.
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 21, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   3. submitted on July 22, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   4. submitted on July 21, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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