Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
George D. Widener
1889 - 1971
George D. Widened was a prototype sportsman from a distinguished Philadelphia family. Several years after his father was lost on the Titanic, Widener purchased Erdenheim, the Pennsylvania property which had been birthplace of Iroquois, first American-bred to win the English Derby. Widener's own horses were bred in Lexington, however. He and an uncle, Joseph E. Widener, purchased Elmendorf Farm here in 1923. The uncle retained that historic name, while George D. Widener took the portion known as Old Kenney Farm. The Widener family's influence was broad. Joseph E. was instrumental in development of Florida's Hialeah as a superb race course. Also, in 1928, the Widener family won a court case with the IRS which established breeding and racing as legitimate businesses for tax purposes. George D. was chairman of The Jockey Club for 14 years and was a founder and president of the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N. Y. Widener bred 100 stakes winners, the best including Eight Thirty, What a Treat, and Belmont Stakes winner Jaipur. Jaipur was also one of the owner's five Travers Stakes Winners. Widener's champions also included Battlefield, purchased from Jonabell, another Lexington farm.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. George D. Widener Marker
Location. 38° 2.524′ N, 84° 29.431′ 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.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. George D. Widener Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George M. Humphrey (here, next to this marker); Warren Wright, Sr. (here, next to this marker); A. B. Hancock Sr. (a few steps from this marker); John D. Hertz (a few steps from this marker); Elizabeth Arden Graham (a few steps from this marker); Daniel Swigert (a few steps from this marker); Paul Mellon (a few steps from this marker); William Woodward, Sr. (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 415 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.