Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
1833 - 1912
Elmendorf Farms, one of the enduring symbols of the Bluegrass, on Paris Pike, was named by Daniel Swigert. He purchased the 544-acre core of the farm in 1881 for $150,000 from John Sanford, who had called the property Preakness Stud. Earlier, Swigert had been the horse manager of the great Woodburn Stud and also had owned a smaller property, Stockwood Farm. A succession of owners for more than a century have retained the name of Elmendorf. The stallions Virgil and Glenelg were standing at Elmendorf when Swigert took it over, and with their offspring he added to his already burgeoning reputation as a breeder of champions. Among the best horses he bred, many to sell, were three Kentucky Derby winners, Hindoo, Apollo, and Ben Ali, and he also owned an additional Derby winner in Baden-Baden. Swigert also was the breeder of champions Tremont and Firenze. Hindoo was the winner of 30 races from 35 states in the early 1880s and was so brilliant that for many years horsemen would refer to a superior prospect as "the second coming of Hindoo." Spendthrift, another distinguished Swigert horse, became the namesake of the famous Lexington farm established in 1937 by Leslie Combs II, a great-grandson of Daniel Swigert.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. Daniel Swigert Marker
Location. 38° 2.516′ N, 84° 29.437′ 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) when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. Daniel Swigert Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Woodward, Sr. (here, next to this marker); John D. Hertz (here, next to this marker); Isabel Dodge Sloane (here, next to this marker); A. B. Hancock Sr. (a few steps from this marker); Warren Wright, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); George M. Humphrey (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Elisha Warfield (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 . . . 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.