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Bowie in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Belair Stud Farm

Cradle of American Racing

 
 
The Belair Stud Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
1. The Belair Stud Farm Marker
Inscription. Colonial Manor where breeding for the turf was carried on for three centuries. Laying the foundation of American thoroughbred racing. Samuel Ogle original owner, imported the stallion "Spark", the filly "Queen Mab" and other prize horses. His brother-in-law, Benjamin Tasker Jr., continuing family tradition, bred "Othello" and "Selima", prides of the colonies. Belair Stud Farm blood flows in the veins of almost every American racehorse of distinction. William Woodward, Sr., last private owner, fielded Triple Crown winners "Gallant Fox", 1930, and "Omaha", 1935. Operation of the farm continued until 1955.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust.
 
Location. 38° 57.967′ N, 76° 44.6′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Belair Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.

The Maryland Historical Trust gives this location for the marker: MD 450 (Annapolis Road) eastbound at Belair Drive (N 38 58' 39" W 76 44' 29").

Today the marker is in the Belair Stables Museum at 2835 Belair Drive in Bowie, Maryland, 20715. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie MD 20715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
The Belair Stud Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2013
2. The Belair Stud Farm Marker
. Belair Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); Belair (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belair on the Home Front (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belair Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); William Levitt and Sons, Belair-at-Bowie (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sacred Heart Chapel - White Marsh (approx. 1.8 miles away); Melford and Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Holy Trinity Church (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Belair Stable Museum. City of Bowie. (Submitted on April 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Belair Stud Farm Marker. Maryland Historical Trust Historical Markers. (Submitted on April 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

3. Belair Stables. Maryland Inventory of Historic Places National Register Form. (Submitted on April 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureAnimalsSports
 
The Original Location of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
3. The Original Location of the Marker
The Marker was at corner of Annapolis Road and Belair Drive.
The Belair Stud Farm Marker, 1974 image. Click for full size.
By M. Dwyer
4. The Belair Stud Farm Marker, 1974
This photo by Mike Dwyer is included in the National Register Form for the Belair Stables.
The Belair Stable Museum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
5. The Belair Stable Museum
Belair Stable<br>Home of Champions image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
6. Belair Stable
Home of Champions
Belair Stable Silks image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
7. Belair Stable Silks
These white silks with red circles were worn by jockeys riding thoroughbreds owned by the Woodward family. Originally these colors represented the stable of the Marquis Zetland in England and were passed on with his permission to William Woodward. Riders of all the Belair horses such as Gallant Fox, Omaha, and Nashua would were these silks when racing.
Billy and Ann Woodward<br>The last owners of the Belair Stud Farm image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
8. Billy and Ann Woodward
The last owners of the Belair Stud Farm
The gossip was that Anne Woodward had been William Woodward Sr.'s mistress before she married his son William Jr. Anne mistook her husband for a prowler and shot him dead on Oct. 30, 1955. Anne committed suicide in 1975 on the eve of the serialization of Truman Capote's never finished novel Answered Prayers in which a thinly disguised red haired character murders her husband when he finds out that she is a bigamist.
Gallant Fox image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 21, 2013
9. Gallant Fox
Sign in the Stall in which Gallant Fox was raised.

But seriously speaking The Fox of Belair
Is the greatest and dearest of Thoroughbreds rare
He's a Champion for sure the Head of the Clan
As kindly and great as great hearted man.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 94 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week May 5, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on April 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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