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  Grave Matters: Old Frankfort Place, Lexington, Kentucky

Formerly King Ranch. Photos by Barbara Livingston and Liz Martiniak. © Barbara Livingston 2003; © Liz Martiniak 2003 ; all rights reserved.

Gallant Bloom
Dotted Line
Bee Mac
Top photo: Top: Gallant Bloom, Monade, Green Finger.
Second row: Iqual and Dotted Line
Bottom row right: Bee Mac

The horses buried here were owned by KING RANCH, which maintained this Kentucky division in addition to the cattle and quarter horse main farm in Kingsville, Texas. It was formerly part of the historic IDLE HOUR STOCK FARM owned by E.R. Bradley and was acquired by King Ranch upon the death of Bradley in 1946. Also acquired at that time were BLUE LARKSPUR and BEE MAC, and her weanling son BETTER SELF, all bred by Bradley. For King Ranch, BEE MAC produced 4 other stakes winners, RIVERINA, BOYAR, MAC BEA, and PROPHETS THUMB. IGUAL (1937 by Equipoise) was the dam of King Ranch's Triple Crown winner ASSAULT (who is buried at King Ranch in Texas) and 2 other stakes winners by King Ranch home sire BOLD VENTURE. Assault's full sister EQUAL VENTURE (1953) produced SAIDAM, HEARTLAND, and PROVE OUT. DOTTED LINE (1953 by Princequillo) was a King Ranch homebred and one of the best fillies of her crop and was the dam of DRAFT CARD and GENTLEMAN'S WORD. GREEN FINGER (f. 1958) was a half-sister to BRAMBLES by the King Ranch sire BETTER SELF, and produce stakes winners FREE HAND and BLANDFORD PARK. GALLANT BLOOM was a champion race filly who had difficulty as a broodmare.Imported *MONADE won the Oaks Stakes and Prix Vermeille, and was the dam of stakes winner PRESSING DATE.

In the 1980s, King Ranch sold the property and family member Helen Alexander moved her mares (including COURTLY DEE and ALTHEA) to Middlebrook Farm. King Ranch's classic winners ASSAULT and MIDDLEGROUND are buried at the King Ranch main farm, Kingsville, Texas. -- A.P.

Blue Larkspur (c. 1926-1947, unmarked)Bee Mac (f. 1941-c.1964)
Dotted Line (f. 1953-1976)
Gallant Bloom (f. 1966-1991)
Green Finger (f. 1958-1991)
Igual (f. 1937-c.1962)
Monade (f. 1959-1991)

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