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  Grave Matters: Hagyard Farm, Lexington, Kentucky

Photos by Barbara Livingston © Barbara Livingston 2003; all rights reserved.

Hagyard cemetery
Hail to Reason's grave
Stymie's grave
Top: the cemetery at Hagyard Farm. The markers for Hail to Reason and Stymie are the darker stones to the left. The broodmares' graves are marked by the lighter colored stones to the right.
Bottom: the headstones for Hail to Reason (left) and Stymie (right).

HAGYARD FARM was established by Dr. Charles Hagyard, the noted veterinarian and co-founder of the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary practice. Dr. Hagyard's boarding clients included the owner-trainer Hirsch Jacobs, owner of the champions STYMIE and HAIL TO REASON, both of which stood at Hagyard Farm. STYMIE was the king of the claimers and a great crowd-pleasing come-from-behind runner. He was a useful but unspectacular sire. HAIL TO REASON, America's Leading Sire in 1970, sired Derby winner Roberto, Kentucky Derby winner Proud Clarion, Preakness winner Personality, and Belmont Stakes winner Hail to All, as well as champion racemare Straight Deal.

In the 1970s, French owner-breeder Jacques Wertheimer boarded his Kentucky-based bloodstock here. Among his broodmares were the French classic winners PISTOL PACKER, DANCING MAID, and GOLD RIVER, the latter winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) in 1980. All three were buried at Hagyard Farm. -- A.P.

Hail to Reason (c. 1958-1976)
Stymie (c. 1941-1962)
Dancing Maid (f. 1975-1982)
Gold River (f. 1977-1986)
Pistol Packer (f. 1968-1986)

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