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Warner L. Jones Jr.

1916 - 1994

 
 
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By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. Warner L. Jones Jr. Marker
Inscription. For more than 50 years, Warner L. Jones Jr. was on the board of Churchill Downs, which a great-great-great uncle, Col. M. Lewis Clark, founded in 1875. For 12 years, Jones was chairman. Thus, much of his career was involved in protecting and promoting the track's revered Kentucky Derby. Jones established Hermitage Farm outside Louisville in 1935 and operated it for the rest of his life. He bred 131 stakes winners, including winners of the two most distinguished races at his home track: Dark Star, winner of the 1953 Kentucky Derby, and Nancy Jr., winner of the 1967 Kentucky Oaks. Jones was also on the board of the Breeders' Cup Ltd. and saw another Hermitage produce, Is it True, win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill in 1988. In Lexington, Jones was instrumental in forming Breeders' Sales during World War II, and it became the forerunner of the Keeneland Association sales. In two separate eras, he sent yearlings into the Keeneland sale ring to bring world-record prices. The first was the $170,000 colt One Bold Bid in 1964 and the second was the astounding, $13.1-million Seattle Dancer twenty years later. In 1969, Jones became a driving force in formation of the American Horse Council, which represents the horse industry in Washington, D.C.
 
Location. 38° 2.508′ N, 84° 
Warner L. Jones Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. Warner L. Jones Jr. Marker
29.447′ 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 (Triangle 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. Arthur B. Hancock, Jr. ( here, next to this marker); Bing Crosby ( here, next to this marker); Dr. Elisha Warfield ( here, next to this marker); E. P. Taylor ( a few steps from this marker); James R. Keene ( a few steps from this marker); Isabel Dodge Sloane ( a few steps from this marker); Sheikh Mohammed ( a few steps from this marker); August Belmont II ( a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thoroughbred Park (video). YouTube (Submitted on July 23, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.) 

2. Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park. You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.) 
 
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Warner L. Jones Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
3. Warner L. Jones Jr. Marker
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 22, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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