“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Harry Payne Whitney

1872 - 1930

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By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Harry Payne Whitney Marker
Inscription. The stamp affixed on Thoroughbred racing by William Collins Whitney and his son Harry Payne Whitney remains indelible. It was W. C. Whitney who poured funding into revitalization of Saratoga, the charming old Victorian race track still operating in upstate New York. Secretary of the Navy under Grover Cleveland and founder of the New York utilities giant now known as Con Ed, W. C. Whitney was racing's leading owner three times before his death in 1904. Son Harry Payne Whitney, already a race horse owner and international polo figure, thereafter increased his own stable. He established handsome farms in New Jersey and in Lexington and led America's owners and breeders lists a total of seventeen times. He bred 192 stakes winners, a record until surpassed by Canadian E. P. Taylor of Windfields Farm. Harry Payne Whitney had a profound influence on Kentucky racing when he sent Regret from the East to the Kentucky Derby in 1915. The champion filly's victory in the Derby helped transform the race from a regional affair into an event of national acclaim.
Location. 38° 2.508′ N, 84° 29.394′ 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
Harry Payne Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Harry Payne Whitney Marker
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capt. Harry Guggenheim (here, next to this marker); John W. Galbreath (here, next to this marker); Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps (here, next to this marker); Samuel D. Riddle (a few steps from this marker); William T. Young (a few steps from this marker); Col. Phil T. Chinn (a few steps from this marker); Sam Hildreth (a few steps from this marker); Allen Paulson (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 418 times since then and 19 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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