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  Grave Matters: Middlebrook Farm, Lexington, Kentucky

Photos by Liz Martiniak ©Liz Martiniak 2002; all rights reserved.

Middlebrook cemetery
Courtly Dee
Top: Middelbrook Farm graveyard.
Bottom: Left -- Courtly Dee; Right--Althea.

MIDDLEBROOK FARM is the property of Helen Alexander, who moved the family horses from King Ranch's Kentucky division in the 1980s. The mare COURTLY DEE (1968 by Never Bend) was the dam of eight stakes winners including champion ALTHEA, G1 winners KETOH and ALI OOP, plus TWINING, AQUILEGIA, AISHAH, NATIVE COURIER, PRINCESS OOLA and the stakes-placed sire Press Card. She was named KTOBF Broodmare of the Year for 1983, the year her daughter ALTHEA (1981 by Alydar) was the Champion 2-Year-Old Filly. ALTHEA also became a blue hen broodmare, dam of the stakes winners YAMANIN PARADISE, ALYSSUM, AURORA, and DESTINY DANCE. Both mother and daughter died in 1995, ALTHEA in April and COURTLY DEE, then a pensioner, in August.

Middlebrook was also home to the good stakes-winning mare AUTO DIAL (1988 by Phone Trick) herself dam of G3 winner CONNECTED (by Twining) before her death in 2001. -- A.P.

Althea (f. 1981-1995)
Auto Dial (f. 1988-2001)
Courtly Dee (f. 1968-1995)

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