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  Grave Matters: Merrick Inn, Lexington, Kentucky

Photos by Liz Martiniak ©Liz Martiniak 2003; all rights reserved.

Merrin Inn's cemetery
Merrick's grave
Leroy the dog's grave
Top, the graves in front of Merrick Inn, Lexington, KY.
Bottom: Merrick's grave and the dog Leroy Brown's grave.

MERRICK INN is a restaurant located just within the Lexington, Kentucky, beltway, in what was the residence of the former Merrick Place, a farm owned by Cal Milam. In front of the house, Milam buried his grand old gelding MERRICK, who died on March 13, 1941, at the advanced age of 38 years. MERRICK made 208 starts, winning 61 times and earning $26,785. He was retired from racing in 1915 and Milam named his farm in honor of his favorite horse. The stone marker describes MERRICK as "Noble in Character, Worthy in Deeds."

In her book "Etched In Stone," Lucy Zeh notes that the broodmare ANNA M. HUMPHREY is also buried near MERRICK, as is an Arabian, in unmarked graves. ANNA M. HUMPHREY was a stakes winner, and produced 12 foals for Milam, including stakes-placed Dixie King, as well as another Merrick (1925 c. by Friar Rock), Merricks Place (1937 c. by Jacopo), and S. Bee (1943 by Haste), the dam of the good runner and sire Better Bee. Liz Martiniak visited the spot recently and discovered the grave of Leroy Brown of Merrick, an Australian Terrier, sharing the shady area alongside old MERRICK. -- A.P.

Anna M. Humphrey (f. 1920-?; unmarked)
Merrick (g. 1903-1941)
Leroy Brown of Merrick (1973-1984), an Australian terrier

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