“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)

Robert A. Alexander

1819 - 1867

Robert A. Alexander Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Robert A. Alexander Marker
Inscription. Robert A. Alexander established the 2,000-acre Woodburn Stud in Woodford County, in part with the inheritance left by an uncle in Scotland. By creating a commercial breeding operation, Alexander introduced a degree of professionalist to breeding horses that was instrumental in Kentucky's surpassing Tennessee as the center of the American Thoroughbred. Woodburn auctions produced four Kentucky derby winners and 10 Belmont Stakes winners. In 1855, Alexander purchased the young stallion Lexington from Richard Ten Broeck. Standing at Woodburn, Lexington became America's leading sire for 16 years and the success of his progeny spanned both Ante Bellum and post-Civil War eras. He was a pivotal link in the development of the American race horse.

Lexington had been bred by Dr. Elisha Warfield, and raced under the name of Darley. Ten Broeck and partners bought him and changed his name for the horse to represent Kentucky in the Great Post Stakes in Louisiana. Lexington won that event and lost only once in two years of competition. At the time Alexander bought Lexington, he was chided for spending as much as $15,000 for a nearly-blind, unproven stallion. He vowed that one day he would sell a son of the horse for a higher price. With the sale of the great horse Kentucky, for $15,001, he made good his vow.
Robert A. Alexander Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Robert A. Alexander Marker
38° 2.504′ N, 84° 29.385′ 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William T. Young (here, next to this marker); Sam Hildreth (here, next to this marker); Lexington (a few steps from this marker); John W. Galbreath (a few steps from this marker); William S. Farish (a few steps from this marker); John S. Knight (a few steps from this marker); Samuel D. Riddle (a few steps from this marker); Harry Payne Whitney (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 385 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.
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