August Belmont II 1853 - 1924
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member krsmith2
N 38° 02.498 W 084° 29.444
16S E 720199 N 4213406
Quick Description: Important figures in Thoroughbred racing.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 7/20/2012 1:55:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMEXW0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
August Belmont II

1853 - 1924

Man O' War, the legendary race horse from the Golden Age of Sport, was bred in Kentucky by August Belmont II. For more than a quarter-century, Belmont was perhaps the most important figure in Thoroughbred racing, as chairman of the Jockey Club, a member of the New York Racing Commission and president of the Grand Race Track named Belmont Park for his father. He also was influential outside racing, particularly in his key role of financing the New York Subway System and the Cape Cod Canal.
Man O' War was foaled at Belmont's Nursery Stud on Georgetown Pike outside Lexington. Because Belmont at 65 had accepted a commission to go to Europe as a supply officer during World War I, he decided to sell his yearling crop and Samuel D. Riddle bought Man O' War for $5,000 at Saratoga.
Belmont's father, August I, had a meteoric career with Rothschilds Bank, after which he came to America to launch his own banking firm. He and August II bred and raced a series of distinguished horses. Many years later, August Belmont IV also was chairman of the Jockey Club and won the 1983 Belmont Stakes with Caveat.
Group that erected the marker: Lexington and Visitors Bureau

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Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
100 Midland Avenue
Lexington, KY United States

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