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Col. Phil T. Chinn

1874 - 1962

 
 
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By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Col. Phil T. Chinn Marker
Inscription. Col. Phil T. Chinn's place in the history of Thoroughbred racing and breeding would be secure on the facts alone, for he bred, trained, raced, bought, and sold a number of important horses. It was as a character and raconteur, however, that Col. Chinn was best remembered by those who knew him.

Son of Black Jack Chinn, a rough-hewn Kentucky politician, horseman, and brawler, Phil Thompson Chinn was about twelve when he won the Somerset Derby on a family mare. He later headed for the racetrack, aligning himself with individuals highly attuned to utilizing the bookmaking system of betting then legal.

In his prime day, Col. Chinn operated Himyar stud in Kentucky, selling more than $3 million worth of yearlings at Saratoga during the 1920s. He stood the leading sire High Time and bred sixty-four stakes winners, including In Memoriam. Chinn seemed emotionally impervious to the ebb and flow of monetary fortune and was as generous a lender in flush times as he was an imaginative solicitor of funding in dry times.
 
Location. 38° 2.509′ N, 84° 29.401′ 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
Col. Phil T. Chinn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Col. Phil T. Chinn Marker
. 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. Allen Paulson ( here, next to this marker); Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps ( here, next to this marker); Capt. Harry Guggenheim ( here, next to this marker); Ogden Phipps ( here, next to this marker); HRM Queen Elizabeth II ( a few steps from this marker); Harry Payne Whitney ( a few steps from this marker); Andrew Jackson ( a few steps from this marker); Lucille Parker Markey ( 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 352 times since then and 23 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.
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