“Kentucky Gentleman”


By Evan Hammonds

Blood Horse October, 2020

MOST EVERYONE in the Thoroughbred business likes to win at Keeneland, but few relish it more than Lexington native Alex G. Campbell Jr. The nonagenarian has racked up a few wins at the local

track, most notably when homebred Karlovy Vary landed the 2012 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1). In six decades in the game, he’s also won at the grade 1 level from New York to Southern California. Two of his current runners, Mean Mary and Bye Bye Melvin, both out of Karlovy Vary, are being pointed toward starts during Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships stand Nov. 6-7. However, COVID-19 concerns come with a heavy price, and Campbell won’t be able to watch from his clubhouse box. Campbell winters in Delray, Fla., and as that’s where he was when the pandemic brought most travel to a crawl, South Florida has been, and will be, his safe haven for the time being. “Keeneland is Lexington’s greatest asset,” Campbell said from afar. But there is much more to Campbell than watching his horses run at Keeneland. Hard work, drive, and business savvy have made him a success, but his philanthropy— done without fanfare— has quietly made him one of Lexington’s leading civic Read More..

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  1. Mary Jo TrotterNovember 5, 2020

    I LOVED this article!!

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