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Members of Kentucky's Thoroughbred industry are remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth with Former Keeneland President Ted Bassett

Many in the central Kentucky horse industry are remembering Queen Elizabeth II’s ties to the region. Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s passing Thursday at age 96. Among those recognizing her connection to the Lexington area was Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director Chauncey Morris.

“She came to Kentucky to Lexington specifically in a very highly publicized event, which was the inauguration of the Queen Elizabeth the second stakes at Keeneland in October of 1984,” said Morris.

Morris said the Queen had a close personal friendship with Will and Sarah Farish, the owners of Lane’s End Farm in Versailles. He said Queen Elizabeth had been breeding horses to Kentucky stallions for decades.

“Her involvement with Thoroughbred breeding and racing really is a testament to those unshakable bonds between the United Kingdom and the United States that so defined the post-war period. This was just an extension of that,” said Morris.

The KTA director added the Queen visited lots of horse farms in the Commonwealth during her time here including those in Oldham, Bourbon, Woodford, and Fayette Counties.

Keeneland President Shannon Arvin released a statement. It reads “Keeneland joins the world in mourning the loss today of Queen Elizabeth II, a beloved leader with exceptional integrity and an unmatched horsewoman. Queen Elizabeth’s lifelong love for horses and her passion for racing left an indelible legacy on the sport around the world and at Keeneland.

“The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) will be even more special this fall as we honor her memory and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“Keeneland extends its deepest condolences to her family and her Country.”

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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