Kentucky Farm Time Capsule

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Castleton’s Prowess Touched Three Breeds

Many subjects of our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series thus far have seen their development mirror that of Lexington as the top Thoroughbred nursery in the country. The oldest Thoroughbred farms may sometimes trace their roots to a family homestead in the late 1700s, maybe to use as pastureland for cows, and then make the […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Hertz’s Influence Felt Beyond Stoner Creek’s Paddocks

The debate over John D. Hertz’s greatest impact on the Thoroughbred industry typically falls on one of two sides. On one hand, the master of Stoner Creek Stud in Paris, Ky., campaigned a pair of Kentucky Derby winners: Reigh Count and homebred Triple Crown winner Count Fleet, both of which became stallions of note. The […]

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PR Special Keeneland January: ‘Always Loved A Fighter, Man Or Horse’

The first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale opens Monday at 10 a.m., and the Paulick Report once again offers a print publication online and on the sales grounds. In the Keeneland January Book 1 edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills enters the Kentucky Farm Time Capsule to examine the […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Stonerside Helped Deliver On McNairs’ Lofty Goals

It isn’t uncommon in the Thoroughbred business for a newcomer to arrive on the scene, bank account loaded from another business, with their checkbook out and ambitions set on winning some of America’s best races. It is a little uncommon for such a newcomer to actually accomplish their goals in short order. Stonerside Farm saw […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Before It Belonged To Kitten’s Joy, Almahurst Raised Exterminator

Central Kentucky is filled with properties that have produced quality horseflesh over the course of centuries, but few can boast the kind of diverse resume seen from Almahurst Farm, known today as Ramsey Farm. Though its history pre-dates the formation of the state in which it resides, Almahurst’s time as a nursery of racehorses essentially […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: European Imports Left Their Mark At Idle Hour Stock Farm

It’s not unusual, when you look at one of Kentucky’s historic Thoroughbred farms, to find the land has changed hands through the ages. Each new owner brings a little of their own flair to the operation; bloodlines and business plans change. There is something of an exception on one piece of property along Old Frankfort […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Maine Chance Farm

Many people in Lexington know the old Maine Chance Farm along Newtown Pike as the former base of cosmetics mogul Elizabeth Arden Graham, the place where legend has it Thoroughbreds were ordered dolled up in Arden makeup. But Graham was not the first person to raise top racehorses on the soil. Before it was called […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Faraway Farm

The lasting legacy of Faraway Farm is certainly its time as home to the great Man o’ War, who lived on the property off Russell Cave Road north of Lexington, Ky. The land’s history goes beyond the throngs of visitors who flocked to Big Red’s stall, however. The acreage that eventually became the home of […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Hamburg Place

This profile continues our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series. Find previous editions on Elmendorf here and Mereworth here. These days, “Hamburg” is the place Lexington residents go to get a bite for dinner or a new pair of shoes. But there was a time, decades ago now, when the stretch of land east of town […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Elmendorf Farm

In the world of Thoroughbred breeding, the same names come up again and again, whether as roots or as branches in the family trees of top racehorses. The same is true of farm names, which often crop up over and over in the history books. This week, we’re launching a series looking back at some […]

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