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Greentree Farm in Lexington, Kentucky was an American thoroughbred horse racing stable and breeding business that was established in 1914 by Payne Whitney of the prominent Whitney family of New York City. Nickname: Athens of the West Horse Capital of the World Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Coordinates: Country United States State Kentucky Counties Fayette  - Mayor Jim Newberry (D) Area    - City 739. ... Thoroughbred horse racing is the main form of horse-racing throughout the world. ... William Payne Whitney (March 20, 1876 - May 25, 1927) was a wealthy American businessman and member of the influential Whitney family. ... The most prominent members of the American Whitney family begins with William Collins Whitney (1841-1904), a descendant of John Whitney (1592-1673), an English immigrant who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. ... New York, NY redirects here. ...

Jockey George Woolf on the Greentree Stables colt, Devil Diver

Payne Whitney operated an equestrian estate and stable at Saratoga Springs, New York with his brother Harry Payne Whitney who also had a very large stable of horses. The permanent Greentree Stable was in Red Bank, New Jersey with a training base at Aiken, South Carolina while Greentree Farm in Lexington, Kentucky was established in 1925 as a breeding operation. George Woolf statue at Santa Anita Park George Monroe Woolf (May 10, 1910 – January 4, 1946) was a Canadian-born thoroughbred race horse jockey and the namesake of the annual jockeys award given by the United States Jockeys Guild. ... Saratoga Springs redirects here. ... Harry Payne Whitney was a businessman, horsebreeder and the husband of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. ... Map of Red Bank in Monmouth County The Borough of Red Bank is a Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey incorporated in 1908. ... Aiken is a city in Aiken County, South Carolina and is part of the CSRA. The population was 25,337 at the 2000 census. ...


After Whitney's steeplechase horse won the 1911 Greentree Cup race at Great Neck, New York, it was decided to use the Greentree name for several of their properties. Following Payne Whitney's death in 1927, his widow, Helen Hay Whitney, took over. With her children, John Hay Whitney and Joan Whitney Payson they continued to build on the stable's past success. A steeplechase race The steeplechase is a form of horse racing (primarily conducted in the United Kingdom, United States, and Ireland) and derives its name from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many... Great Neck is a village in Nassau County, New York, in the USA, on the North Shore of Long Island. ... John Hay Whitney (August 27, 1904 in Ellsworth, Maine – February 8, 1982), colloquially known as Jock Whitney, was U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, publisher of the New York Herald Tribune, and a member of the Whitney family. ... Joan Whitney Payson (February 5, 1903 – October 4, 1975) was an American heiress, businesswoman, philanthropist, patron of the arts and art collector, and a member of the prominent Whitney family. ...


The business enjoyed great success, its horses winning numerous important stakes races throughout the United States. As part of a program honoring important horse racing tracks and racing stables, the Pennsylvania Railroad named its baggage car #5859 the " Greentree Stable ". Stakes race is a term applied to thoroughbred horse racing to describe races that derive their name from the stake, or entry fee, owners must pay. ... 1893 map The Pennsylvania Railroad (AAR reporting mark PRR) was an American railroad that was founded in 1846 and merged in 1968 into Penn Central Transportation. ...


Trained by James G. Rowe, Jr., Whitney Stables' colt, "Twenty Grand" earned the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year in 1931 and would be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame trainer John M. Gaver, Sr., who won the Belmont Stakes for the stable three times, trained Devil Diver, Champion Handicap Horse for 1943 and 1944 and 1953 Horse of the Year, Tom Fool. Both horses were also voted into the racing Hall of Fame. Twenty Grand (1928-1948) was an American thoroughbred race horse. ... The Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year is the highest honor given in American thoroughbred horse racing. ... The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 in Saratoga Springs, New York, to honor the achievements of American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers. ... The Belmont Stakes is a prestigious Grade I stakes race held yearly in June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. ... Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Male Horse is a American Thoroughbred horse racing honor. ... Tom Fool (1949–1976) was an American thoroughbred horse racing champion. ...


Greentree Stable also had steeplechase horses, one of which won the 1946 American Grand National Steeplechase. Other steeplechase horses raced in England and Ireland. A steeplechase race The steeplechase is a form of horse racing (primarily conducted in the United Kingdom, United States, and Ireland) and derives its name from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many... The American Grand National Steeplechase is a United States steeplechase horse race for thoroughbreds. ...


With the passing of John and Joan Whitney, in 1989 their heirs sold the Kentucky property to its current owners, Gainesway Farm. The equestrian estate in Saratoga Springs was put up for sale in 2005.



U.S. Triple Crown race winners: The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing (Triple Crown for short, but the term is also used in other sports, and thus the full name should be used when it could cause confusion) consists of three races for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. ...


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