Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John D. Hertz
Inscription. Yellow was the color and name of his taxicab company, and yellow and black were his stable colors. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hertz' most famous Thoroughbred was Count Fleet, which won the triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes) in 1943. Count Fleet was a son of Reigh Count, which had won the Knetucky Derby for the Hertz stable in 1928, and he sired a later derby winner in Count Turf (1951). Hertz embodied the American success story. An immigrant from Austria, he left home and first found work driving a newspaper delivery wagon in Chicago. He later scuffled through his youth as a newspaperman, boxer, fight manager, and bookmaker's assistant. After marriage to Fannie Kesner, he sought more stability. Hertz established the Yellow Cab company and at one point was building a majority of the cabs used in the United States. He later launched the Hertz Rental Car system. During the 1920s, Hertz' interest in racing led him to organize respectable businessmen in Chicago to purchase the financially troubled Arlington Park, blocking the plans of Al Capone's mob to take over the track. The Hertzes originally had a breeding farm in Illinois, but then established Stone creek Stud near Paris, Ky.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. John D. Hertz Marker
Location. 38° 2.518′ N, 84° 29.436′ 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, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. John D. Hertz Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daniel Swigert (here, next to this marker); Warren Wright, Sr. (here, next to this marker); A. B. Hancock Sr. (here, next to this marker); William Woodward, Sr. (here, next to this marker); George M. Humphrey (a few steps from this marker); Isabel Dodge Sloane (a few steps from this marker); George D. Widener (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Elisha Warfield (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 324 times since then and 17 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.