The Kentucky Horse Park is the final resting place for numerous high-born, noble steeds of legendary accomplishment, and many humble horses whose even greater achievements were to provide friendship for the people who loved them. These horses' gravesites are located throughout the park, in addition to the great horses who are buried behind the Hall of Champions and near the Man o' War Memorial. There are also a number of statues and markers to honor the memories of horses who are buried elsewhere.
HORSES BURIED AT THE MAN o' WAR MEMORIAL (Located near the Visitor's Information Center)
MAN o' WAR
Click above for Man o' War's page. In addition to the great Man o' War, this memorial gravesite also holds the final remains of several of his sons and daughters:
Foaled in 1929 by Sweep, out of Annette K by Harry of Hereford. Best known as the dam of War Admiral. Brushup did not have an impressive racing record. She was only raced three times as a two-year-old, in 1931 and earned a total of $300.
WAR HAZARD - (1938-1944)
Foaled April 5, 1938 at Samuel Riddle's Faraway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky by Man o' War out of Artifice. This chestnut filly not only resembled her sire in color but also had an impressive racing record. Of her 43 races, she won 25, finished second in six and third in five with earnings of over $20,000. She won the 1941 Alabama Stakes, finished second in both the New England Oaks and the Mary Dyer Handicap, and third in the New Castle Handicap.
WAR KILT (1943-1956)
One of the last crop of foals by Man o' War, War Kilt was foaled on March 15, 1943 out of Friar's Carse by Friar Rock. The chestnut filly started eight times as a two-year-old finishing first three times and third three times earning $13,845. That year she won the Demoiselle Stakes. Her three-year- old season she only raced once and finished out of the money.
WAR RELIC (1938-1963)
This chestnut colt was foaled March 18, 1938 by Man o' War, out of Friar's Carse by Friar Rock. War Relic did not race as a two-year old. He won his first race as a three-year-old in 1941 but followed that with six straight losses. He, however finished his three-year-old season with eight victories in his last ten starts, including the Massachusetts Handicap and the Narragansett Special. After a successful four-year-old season, War Relic retired to stud where he became the leading sire of two year olds in 1950.
WAR ADMIRAL (1934-1959)
Foaled in 1934 when Man o' War was 17. He is by Man o' War, out of Brushup, by Sweep. War Admiral had a decent two-year-old season with three wins in six starts (two second and one third), and a brilliant season at three with eight wins for eight starts, ridden by Charles Kurtsinger. He was Horse of the Year in 1937, having won the Triple Crown. At four, he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and suffered his greatest defeat by losing a match race with Seabiscuit. That season he also can in second in the Massachusetts Handicap. War Admiral became an outstanding sire and his get included War Jeep, War Date, Wee Admiral and Mr. Brusher. He was top money winning sire in 1945 and leading sire of juveniles in 1948.
HORSES BURIED AT THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS
Memorial Walk of Champions
Click the link above to read all about the Champions who lived at the Hall of Champions.
PEOPLE BURIED AT THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK
Isaac Burns Murphy
Click the name above to read all about one of the greatest American jockeys of all time.
HORSES BURIED AT WALNUT HALL STUD CEMETERY
Standardbreds (Located near the Breeds Barn)
Rodney, a strapping bay son of Spencer Scott-Earl's Princess Martha, was a champion racehorse as well as a champion sire. Owned by David R. Johnston, Rodney captured 47 of 67 races, winning a Hambletonian heat at 3 and was undefeated at 4, earning Harness Horse of the Year honors that 1948 season. He began stallion duties at Walnut Hall Stud in 1950, eventually siring 506 foals who earned over $12 million at the races. He died at Walnut Hall Stud in 1963 after breaking his left radius bone. Rodney's influence on the Standardbred trotter will be everlasting; his son Speedster sired Trotting Triple Crown winner Speedy Scot, who in turn sired Hambletonian winner Speedy Crown, one of the greatest sires the breed has ever seen. Rodney also sired such superb broodmares as Pillow Talk, dam of Trotting Triple Crown winner Super Bowl, another influential sire.
PRINCESS PEG (1931-1956)
Princess Peg won the first heat of the 1934 Hambletonian, but she was beaten by two colts from the same stable who ganged up on the filly. She later took revenge by winning the prestigious Kentucky Futurity in Lexington. Her daughter Princess Rodney became the fastest 2-year-old trotting filly in history with a mile time of 2:01 in 1953.
IOSOLA'S WORTH (1924-1951)
It rained so hard at the New York State Fair in 1927 that the second Hambletonian Stake, the greatest race for trotters, had to be postponed. It was held a month later on the trotting track in Lexington. During that month, the filly Iosola's Worth came into top form and swept the greatest race in two heats. She later became a broodmare and her offspring were always in great demand at the yearling sales.
SCOTCH SONG (1941-1951)
A black daughter of Scotland and the great broodmare Evensong, who now rests beside her, Scotch Song produced only four foals herself, but one was 1950 Hambletonian winner, Lusty Song. Another of Scotch Song's foals, the filly Scotch Rhythm, was second best against the boys in a 1951 Hambletonian heat, and her descendants today include Kentucky Futurity winner Quick Pay and Hambletonian Oaks winner, Gleam.
During the 1930s and 40s Evensong was a "cash cow" for Walnut Hall Farm. Her son Victory Song became the highest priced Standardbred yearling in history in 1944 when he was sold for $37,000. Evensong also produced the ill-fated Hambletonian winner, Volo Song, and was the first mare to produce six horses with times of 2:00 or faster for the mile distance.
PRIMROSE HELEN (1930-1954)
A half-sister to King's Counsel, the constant nemesis of the great pacer Adios, Primrose Helen never raced, but produced 16 foals. Her descendents include the champion 2-year-old pacers, Hillsota and Meadow Wilma, and the world-champion aged pacing mares, Handle With Care and Tender Loving Care.
PRINCESS GAY (1925-1952)
Regularly produced outstanding foals from 1931 to 1950.
MARILEE HANOVER (1954-1963)
A brown daughter of Dean Hanover and the mare Mignon Hanover, Marilee Hanover was a half-sister to the granddam of multi-millionaire, Mack Lobell, once the world's fastest trotter. Marilee Hanover produced five foals, and her descendents today include the outstanding trotting stallion, Master Willie, and the pacing stallion, Crouch, who won a heat of the Little Brown Jug.
IRMA HANOVER (1941-1963)
Irma Hanover, a daughter of Mr. McElwyn, was a busy broodmare. Her 12 foals were among the many Walnut Hall Stud yearlings auctioned off inside the "Big Barn" across the sidewalk from this cemetery. Irma Hanover's best foal was the Rodney trotter, Something Special, who was special enough to return to his Walnut Hall Stud birthplace at stud himself.
Fionne had 13 foals and each one of them raced. Her most prominent son was Darnley, a foal of 1940 who caught the eye of racing fans not only because of his ability but because of his beauty. Darnley was know as the "Beau Brummel trotter" and one writer said that if he had a million dollars he would buy Darnley just so he could admire the horse every day.
If you followed the trotters in the 1950s, chances are you followed two of Protectarine's sons, Lord Stewart and Darn Safe. Both sons of Darnley, were among the best trotters of the decade and they raced long and raced well. Together they earned over $800,000 and each one had once ranked as the richest trotter in the world.
DUTCHESS HANOVER (1940-1963)
As a broodmare, Dutchess Hanover, produced a pair of royal sons in Duke of Lullwater, who won a heat of the Kentucky Futurity, and the outstanding Free-For-All trotter, Merrie Ducke. Duke's Dutchess, a daughter of Dutchess Hanover, continued the tradition when her son Duke Rodney not only won two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown, including the Kentucky Futurity, but also went on to be named the 1963 Trotter of the Year. Duke Rodney's own daughters have produced the millionaire trotters Joie De Vie, who won a Hambletonian heat, and Grade's Singing.
Hilda was a Boxer who was injured as a puppy and nursed back to health by Mrs. Jenny, one of the owners of Walnut Hall. She was Mrs. Jenny's devoted companion until Hilda's death at age 15.
HORSES BURIED IN THE CHAMPIONS' CEMETERY (Located near the Big Barn)
BRET HANOVER (1962-1992)
In its long history, seldom has harness racing produced a horse such as Bret Hanover. In his 3-year racing career (1964-1966), this bay pacer won 62 of his 68 starts and was voted Horse of the Year each year. In 1967, he captured pacing's Triple Crown by winning the Little Brown Jug, Cane Pace and Messenger Pace. In 1967, Bret was retired to stud at Castleton Farm. In 1979 his yearlings sold for an average price of $50,000. His career was accurately summed up by Stanley Dancer: "Bret Hanover had speed, heart, brains and a personality all his own. Any one of these traits would make us remember him, and he had them all." He died on November 21, 1991 from colic. He was buried November 23 at the Kentucky Horse Park. He was buried wearing his halter, in a wooden casket lined with a Castleton Farm horse blanket. Among those people at the burial were the horse's "family" of Castleton Farm employees, his co-owner Thurman Downing of Ohio and a few friends from the Lexington Standardbred community.
*Bask was bred by Roman Pankiewicz at the Janow Podlaski State Stud in Poland. He was foaled February 9, 1956. He was by Witraz out of Balalajka, two of the most distinguished sire lines for Polish Arabians. On March 9, 1963 *Bask was imported to the United States by Dr. Eugene LaCroix of Lasma Arabians, Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1964, at age eight, *Bask won U. S. National Champion Stallion and U. S. National Top Ten Three-Gaited (Park). In 1965, *Bask was U. S. National Champion Park. In 1967, he was U. S. National Reserve Champion Formal Driving and U. S. National Reserve Champion Formal Combination. *Bask earned his Legion of Merit in the minimum qualifiable number of shows - four. *Bask is considered by many to be the most influential sire for the Arabian breed with thousands of his offspring registered in the United States and worldwide. Just six years after his importation in 1969, *Bask was firmly established as the leading sire of champions in the United States, a record he still holds today. Through 1983, Lasma-managed sales through Scottsdale, 115 *Bask offspring were sold for a total of $19,953,400, an average of $173,507.83. *Bask died in 1979 and is buried here at the Kentucky Horse Park near the Big Barn. His statue by sculptor, Edwin Bogucki, now stands in the lobby of the International Museum of the Horse as a lasting symbol of the enduring affect *Bask++ has had on the Arabian breed.
(* denotes that he was imported; ++ denotes that he received his Legion of Merit award for earning 75 points during his show career with a minimum 30 halter and 30 performance.)
WORLD WAR JUAN (aka Twigs) (1985-1996)
World Champion Paint Reining Horse
Winner of the 1988 A.P.H.A. World Futurity in Albuquerque, NM.
Sire: San Juan, two-time National Champion Paint Horse, halter and reining
Dam: Hi Molly Leo, AQHA cutting horse mare
Owned by Mary Anne Squires of Cinnamon Creek Paints.
ALLEZ FRANCE (1970-1989)
Bay mare foaled in 1970 by Sea Bird, a European Horse of the Year, out of Priceless Gem by Hail to Reason. An eight-time Group I stakes winner, Allez France was Champion 2-Year-Old in France, Champion 3-Year-Old in France, Champion Older Mare in France (twice), Horse of the Year in France and winner of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Inducted into the French Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, she won 13 of 21 starts earning $1,386,146. Allez France was the first filly in Thoroughbred racing history to earn more than one million dollars on the track. One of the most popular horses ever to race in France, Allez France is widely considered one of the greatest racehorses of the 20th centuryin the world, on turf. She retired to Lane's End Farm in Versailles where she died in 1989. She was buried at the park in 1989.
SEFA'S BEAUTY (1979-1989)
Bred and owned by Farid Sefa, Sefa's Beauty was Thoroughbred filly racehorse by Lt. Stevens out of Delightful Vie. She was foaled in 1979. She won stakes races all five years that she raced, for a total of 17 stakes wins including a Grade 1 stakes, with earnings of more than $1,171,000 on the track. Retired as a broodmare at Taylor Made Farm and died in 1989.
Peteski, a son of the 1978 Triple Crown Winner Affirmed out of Vive by Nureyev, was foaled in 1990 and raced for Earle Mack. Unplaced in one start at two, Peteski quickly established himself as major force in North America at three, winning seven of his 10 starts. He swept through the 1993 Canadian Triple Crown winning the Queen's Plate Stakes, the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeder's Stakes. A month after winning the Canadian Triple Crown, Peteski defeated Kentucky Derby winner, Sea Hero and Belmont Stakes winner, Colonial Affair. Peteski retired with a record of 7-2-1 in 11 starts and earnings of $1,287,866. Peteski stood most of his stud career at Darby Dan Farm before being moved to Pin Oak Lane near New Freedom, Pennsylvania for the 2000 season. There he suffered an attack of colic on February 25, 2001, after two surgeries and five weeks of treatment he was euthanized at the New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. Peteski sired 103 winners from 157 starters, including nine stakes winners and eight stakes-place runners.
BASK ELECT +/ (1976-2003)
Bask Elect +/ was bred by Sagamore Park Arabians and foaled on January 3, 1976 near Houston, Texas. His sire was *Bask++ and his dam was Ima Electric by Electric Storm. In the first nine years of his life he won 28 championships and 28 first-place ribbons and earned his 90 points for his Legion of Honor. His then owner, Bill Henry, had turned down an offer of $125,000 for Bask Elect. On March 3, 1985 a freak accident while being shod left Bask Elect totally blind. After hitting his head after rearing, Bask Elect had damaged his optic nerve. His trainer, Martha Murdock, was left with the decision to put him down or not. Martha decided against it and slowly began working with the horse to get him back in shape. One year after the accident he was awarded his Legion of Honor Award and in September, 1987 he re-entered the show ring and won the Open English Pleasure Championship in Houston. In October of that year Martha Murdock purchased Bask Elect. In 1988 after much work and acupuncture, Bask Elect regained some of his vision. Bask Elect+/'s show record included wins in Park, Formal Driving, English Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, and Ladies Side Saddle. He was Region 9 Reserve Champion English Pleasure AOTR - Scottsdale Top Ten English Pleasure AOTR - Scottsdale Top Ten Pleasure Driving AOTD - Region 9 Champion Ladies Side Saddle - Region 11 Champion Ladies Side Saddle - Region 9 Res. Champion Country Pleasure - U.S. Reserve National Champion Ladies Side Saddle (twice) - US National Champion Ladies Side Saddle. All won after the accident. Bask Elect has sired 60 pure and half-blooded Arabians who can be found competing in various disciplines. Bask Elect died in 2003 at the age of 27 from complications of old age. He is buried near his famous sire, *Bask++.
LIBERATION FIRST STAR (1992-2006)
Liberation First Star was an American Morgan horse stallion. His sire, Century Free Spirit, and dam, Liberation Starbrite, together hold more than 35 World and National titles in harness, in hand and under saddle. First Star was himself a multi-World and National Champion Park Saddle horse as well as a harness and in hand champion. His foals exhibit talent and show-horse attitude for which his family is so famous. He was owned by George Schott of Lewiton, Maine and stood at Cabot Morgans in Falmouth, Maine. He was buried at the Kentucky Horse Park in the spring of 2006.
Promotion was bred by Lasma Arabian Stud in Scottsdale, Arizona and foaled on April 17, 1975. This bay Arabian stallion was the son of *Bask++ and his dam was *Prowizja by Ego. Promotion had a prolific stud career, siring 539 registered Arabian and Half-Arabian progeny. He was reinterred at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2006.
PRINCESS ROONEY (1980-2008)
When Princess Rooney won the 1984 Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) at Hollywood Park, she did it in grand style, by seven lengths, a full second faster than that year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner, Wild Again. As a result, she earned a permanent place on the list of Thoroughbred racing's great mares, and became the first Breeders' Cup winner to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Princess Rooney (Verbatim-Parrish Princess, by Drone) was bred by Dr. Ben Roach and Tom Roach at their Parrish Hill Farm in Midway, Kentucky, which sold her as a yearling. She had 17 wins, including five Grade Ones, and finished out of the money only once, earning $1,343,339 and the Eclipse Award for Champion Older Mare for owner Paula Tucker under the tutelage of trainer Neil Drysdale. In the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), she defeated the brilliant Champion Three-Year-Old Female Life's Magic, who won the Distaff and another Eclipse Award the following year. Ray Paulick, former editor of The Blood-Horse magazine, in an ESPN editorial recently wrote, "No one was more sensational on that first Breeders' Cup afternoon 24 years ago than Princess Rooney." She also won the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Frizette S (G1), Spinster S (G1) and Ashland S. (G1). When she retired from the track Princess Rooney was sold for $5.5 million, the third-highest price ever paid for a broodmare at that time. She was most recently owned by Robert Gentry, and was humanely euthanized on October 7 at her owner's Gentry Farm, due to the complications of EPM. She was buried at the Kentucky Horse Park, and then honored with a public memorial service on November 15, 2008. A video of Princess Rooney can be viewed by clicking here.
HORSES BURIED NEAR THE COVE (Located near the Rolex Stadium)
Volturno was a black Oldenburg stallion that, under regular rider Otto Ammermann, was a member of the German Silver Medal Team at the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Volturno evented for 10 years at the highest levels, competing in 27 international three-day events and finishing first, second or third in 20 of these events. He was also a member of the German Silver Medal Teams at the 1976 Olympics in Canada and the Alternate Olympics in Fontainebleu, France in 1980. He retired sound. He was Europe's leading warmblood three-day event sire, and had just been imported to the United States to stand at Hamilton Farm in Massachusetts for the 1988 season. He was tragically and brutally attacked by unknown human assailants while in quarantine in Virginia and valiant efforts to save him failed. He died at the age of 20. In tribute to this great Three-Day Event horse and his place in the history of the Kentucky Horse Park, he is buried on a knoll overlooking the water jump known as the Head of the Lake, one of the original obstacles on the 1978 World Three-Day Championship Cross-Country Course.
THE GRAY GOOSE (1970-2000)
The Gray Goose was a Thoroughbred/Irish Sport Horse gelding, bred in Country Claire, Ireland and owned by American eventer Kim Walnes. The Gray Goose is also known as the equine star Sylvester Stallone in the movie Sylvester, where he and Walnes doubled in the movie for the eventing shots. The movie included scenes from the pair's 1984 Rolex Kentucky Three Day cross-country round. The Gray Goose died June 7th, 2000, at the age of thirty. He was cremated and his ashes were spread around the cross-country course.
HORSES BURIED IN THE ORIGINAL DRAFT HORSE FIELD
An English Shire and former resident of the Kentucky Horse Park Draft Horse Barn.
PLUTO II SARDINIA
A Lippizan stallion and former resident of the Kentucky Horse Park Breeds Barn.
A 21-year old English Shire and fifteen-year resident of the Kentucky Horse Park. Shyster worked as part of the Horse-Drawn Tour, as a Mounted Police horse and in the Breeds Barn.
An Oldenburg gelding and former resident of the Kentucky Horse Park Breeds Barn. Euthanized on September 27, 1999 due to cardiac problems.
A Percheron gelding and former resident of the Kentucky Horse Park's Draft Horse Barn was euthanized on October 9, 1999 due to complications from colic. Chet arrived at the park in July 1989 as a 5-year old. During his ten years at the park Chet not only helped pull the Horse-Drawn Tours but was the "off" leader in the 4, 6 and 8 horse hitches.
A yearling Saddlebred colt and former Education Department horse (owned by Margi Stickney). A diagnosed wobbler was euthanized December 17, 1999.
PLUTO III ERGA
A Lippizan stallion and 15-year resident of the Kentucky Horse Park's Breeds Barn was euthanized on January 8, 2002 do to infirmities. Pluto arrived at the park in December 1987 as a 9-year old.
A 21-year old Hackney mare donated to the park in 1992 by Mr. Bob Wright of Pee Wee Valley, Kentucky. A former resident of the Carriage Horse Barn, Genesis was euthanized on December 4, 2004 due to infirmities and buried in the Draft Horse Field cemetery.
I TWO STEP TOO
I Two Step Too was an eleven-year-old Thoroughbred who became known as "Seabiscuit," after the movie in which he starred, one of ten other horses. The film had four categories of equine actors needed to portray Seabiscuit in different scenes. I Two Step Two was cast as the "blow by" Seabiscuit because he could turn on speed and blow by the other horses pulling into the lead. He was featured in the Seabiscuit festivities at the Louisville premiere of the movie on July 19, 2003 and was auctioned off at the charity fundraiser event that evening. Proceeds from the purchase of I Two Step Two benefited the Race for Education Foundation. He arrived at the park on May 2003 and was featured in the daily Parade of Breeds presentation held in the park's Breeds Barn. Surgery was performed on I Two Step Two in December 2004 at Hagyard-Davidson McGee to remove a tumor from his nasal cavity. This type of tumor is rare in horses. Unfortunately, he did not respond to treatment and the tumor regenerated. After having consulted with several equine veterinarians and a human oncologist, the decision was reluctantly made to euthanize the horse. He was humanely destroyed on March 7, 2005 and is buried in the Draft Horse Field cemetery.
Percheron gelding and former resident of the Kentucky Horse Park's Draft Horse Barn was euthanized due to infirmities in 2005 at the age of 17. Bud came to the park in 1991 at the age of four and served in various areas throughout his 13 years.
HORSES BURIED IN THE GEORGETOWN FIELD (This field is bordered on the SE by the riding concession field, I-75 on the west and the winter Draft Horse Field to the north)
LANNAN'S SIRI SUPERDOT CHIEFTAIN (aka Chief)
Chief was a Pony of the America's champion whose career in the show ring was exemplary. At the end of his career he had won every award and title known to the POA breed. Chief was born April 30, 1968 and at the age of 18 (March 26, 1986) was donated to the park by owners Don and Jan McMillian. Chief was a resident of the Breeds Barn until his retirement in 1994. After retiring from the Parade of Breeds, Chief was loaned to Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped (December 8, 1994) and served them well until his passing on August 14, 2003 at the age of 35. He was euthanized due to complications.
FOXY'S WIN A WOLF (aka Nugget)
Nugget was a registered bay Quarter Horse gelding. He was foaled in 1982 and was used for western pleasure before coming to CKRH in 1997. He was used in the therapeutic riding program as well as for Hippo therapy. Nugget also participated in various demonstrations and competed in Special Olympics. Nugget died in 2004 at the age of 22. His ashes are interned next to Chief in the Georgetown Field.
HORSES BURIED AT THE STEEPLECHASE COURSE (At finish line, near the infield fence)
JAY TRUMP (1957-1988)
Jay Trump's beginnings were humble. He was foaled in Maryland in 1957, a son of Tonga Prince - Be Trump, by Bernborough. By 1965, this gelding had conquered the world becoming the first winner of the English Grand National to be bred, owned and ridden by Americans. Jay Trump's racing career began with miserable results at West Virginia's Charles Town and Shenandoah racetracks for trainer and owner Jay Sensenich. During his three-year-old season, Crompton (Tommy) Smith, an amateur rider from Virginia, arrived at Charles Town to scout steeplechase and hunt prospects on behalf of Mrs. Mary Stephenson LeBlond. Impressed by Jay Trump's solid build and good temperament, Smith purchased him from Sensenich for $2,000. In 1962, two years after leaving the claiming ranks at Charles Town, Jay Trump carried his new rider (Smith) to victory in the Piedmont Plate steeplechase at Upperville, VA. That race marked the beginning of a legendary career. Jay Trump finished the 1962 season with just one loss in five races, and in the next two years he won seven of 10 races in Virginia, Maryland and England. Crompton Smith was convinced he had a Grand National contender. Upon his arrival in England in 1964, Jay Trump entered the stable of Fred Winter, two-time Grand National winning jockey. Winter was in his first year of training when he took over as conditioner of Jay Trump. Jay Trump soared to a victory in his first English effort, the 1964 Autumn Trail at Sandown Park. That victory was followed by four more races, of which the American gelding won two. Going into the Grand National, Jay Trump was hailed as the great American hope in the big race. He went to the post as the third choice in a field of 47 horse, at odds of about 17-1. Of the 47 that started the race only 14 finished, lead to the finish line by a close race between the favorite, Freddie and Jay Trump. After a neck-and-neck battle, Jay Trump crossed the wire first, three quarters of a length in front of Freddie. Time for the 4 1/2 miles was 9:30 3/5, the fastest Grand National time since 1961. Jay Trump was retired the following year, after winning his third Maryland Hunt Cup. During his five-year career as a jumper, the gelding won 15 of 23 races and became a hero in America and Europe. He was elected to Racing's Hall of Fame in 1971. Jay Trump lived out his days at Mrs. LeBlond's Meshewa Horse Farm near Cincinnati, Ohio. On April 24, 1988 after it was discovered he suffered from a twisted intestine, Jay Trump was humanely destroyed. He was buried at the finish line of the Kentucky Horse Park steeplechase course at the request of Mrs. LeBlond.
HORSES BURIED AT THE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED MUSEUM
REX PEAVINE #1796 (1899-1925)
Rex Peavine was a champion American Saddlebred stallion, foaled May 3, 1899. The chestnut stallion was sired by Rex McDonald and his dam was Daisy 2s (BHF) by Peavine. He was owned and bred by Dr. W. L. Hockaday, Silver Creek, Kentucky and trained by C. T. Sandidge. After Dr. Hockaday's death his son James inherited Rex Peavine and the Hockaday family owned the stallion his entire live. Rex Peavine was the World's Grand Champion Five-Gaited Horse in 1903. He would be recognized as one of the breed's greatest sires, siring over 400 get. He sired World's Grand Champions: Edna May, Hazel Dawn, Mass of Gold, Dark Rex and was sire of Hall of Fame Broodmares: Edna May, Fanny Fern, Gloriann, Flashing Peavine, Kate Peavine, Peavine's Pearl, Spirit of Kentucky and outstanding stallions: Kalarama Rex, Jean Val Jean, Moreland Peavine, Red Rex, Chester Peavine. He died in 1925 at the age of 26 and was buried on the farm of his owner James Hockaday in Richmond, Kentucky. In 1999 after the farm had been sold and prepared for the development his remains were exhumed and he was reintered at the Kentucky Horse Park near the American Saddlebred Museum.
CHESTER DARE ( -1904)
SUPREME SULTAN (1966-1983) (statue only)
Supreme Sultan was an American Saddlebred foaled on March 12, 1966 at Alvin Ruxer's Ruxer Farms in Jasper, Indiana. He was sired by Valley View Supreme the only stallion to ever win the World's Grand Championship Three-Gaited class, out of Broodmare Hall of Fame-mare, Melody O'Lee. As a weanling, Supreme Sultan was sold to Barlite Farms in Texas. However, within two hours of the death of his sire, Valley View Supreme (of a sudden heart attack), on November 28, 1967, Mr. Ruxer bought Sultan back. He even put him in his sire's former stall. As a show horse, Supreme Sultan won the Two-Year Old Fine Harness Futurities at Illinois and Indiana as well as the Two-Year Old Fine Harness Stakes at the American Royal and the Chicago International. He was tied for third at the World's Championship Show (but this could be due to the fact that he was bred to a mare out in the warm up ring the night before he was shown!). His first foal, aptly named Freedom Hall, later became a show ring winner. Supreme Sultan is the only stallion to sire the winner of each of the three "big" stakes at the World's Championship Horse Show: Five-Gaited - Imperator, Three-Gaited - Sultan's Starina, and Fine Harness - Sultan's Santana. At age 11, Supreme Sultan became the youngest horse to lead the sire ratings, which he led for six years. His son, Sultan's Santana, was the first Saddlebred to sell at public auction for more than one million dollars. When Supreme Sultan had a serious bout of colic, he was taken to Dr. Scott Bennett's veterinary clinic in Simpsonville, Kentucky. After two surgeries, the decision was made to have him humanely euthanized on December 6, 1983. He was buried at the American Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Horse Park and a beautiful, life-size bronze statue by renowned artist Patricia Crane was later added above his grave on September 25, 1985.
VENDETTA (stone only)
Originally buried at Robert A. McCray's farm in North Middletown, KY; property since developed and stone moved to museum.