Lexington’s story is so rich and multi-faceted that there’s just too much to fit between the pages of a book. So, I’ve created this section of my website to highlight some of these wonderful tangential stories that are fascinating in their own right. I think Lexington fans, Civil War buffs, and horse-lovers will enjoy them!
According to some historical accounts, easily half of Lexington’s wartime-born foals fell into war service by conscription or theft. That they survived to carry forth his bloodline is unlikely. The Civil War required much of the horse. By conservative estimates, as many as 1,000,000 horses were killed in battle or died from exhaustion, starvation and hard usage.
The Woodlawn Vase, Robert Aitcheson Alexander’s homage to Lexington and Woodburn Farm, has woven its own historical thread into racing’s grand tapestry. After the Civil War, the Vase went back into service as a trophy for winners of the Woodlawn Stakes at the Woodlawn Association Course in Louisville. When Churchill Downs succeeded the Woodlawn Course, the Louisville Jockey Club took possession of the Vase.
The Metairie, that great antebellum track where Lexington ran, fell to a fate embroiled by greed and vindictiveness. Charles T. Howard was the “Lottery King” of Louisiana. He’d spearheaded the Louisiana State Lottery Company for years as its President, much to his financial benefit. His fleet of yachts was just one of his many whimsical hobbies. In late 1870, he added the Jennie Bonnie to his collection, a thirty-six-foot vessel that had notably sailed some 6,000 nautical miles along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.