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l gift to the University of Ken- abeth Thompson Catten. The restau-
l tucky of 10 horse paintings r rant building, 129 East Main Street,
[ has stirred fond memories of r was razed several years ago.
l the post—war 1940s — glory years for 1 The Golden Horseshoe was part of
I both downtown Lexington and the downtown Lexington’s centerpiece
l university community. r after World War II. It joined the
l These colorful reminders came in l Phoenix Hotel (directly across the
  In this scene or the 8. Rqy Ankenbqm the form of large, oil-on-canvas horse street}; andfnearb)LICaqary Cottage
1 1946 rhereughbred 9_Ch¤r|re serrberm scenes which graced the walls of the and t e La ayette ote to create a
  solos of Keonelond, 10. Hugh Golff; Golden Horseshoe, a favorite Lexing- hub of urban activity.
  l’“l“*°‘l bY R"'“ E"l‘ ll' E"°°lE""{'T‘°"' ton restaurant and bar in the late The paintings, by equine artist
{ for the Golden ager of Dixiana , , f h
r Herseshee perm; I2. Br"), 1940s and early 1950s. Russ Ellis, were an integral part o t e
l Rostourontoro some Korsner, breeder; Downtown in those days teemed Horseshoe’s plush decor. One of the
§ 'd°""l'°b'° f°‘°" w' N°"'"° °‘{""’ with economic and social activity   large canvases was a particular draw-
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1 I rhreugh 22/ wm, Thereughbred not yet marred by suburban sprawl ing card. It depicts a thorough red
3 the number Record; 14. Haden and outlving shopping centers. auction at the Breeders Sales Co.’s
1 '“‘"‘°dl‘"°lY K"'l‘P“""k* °d'*°" The university campus a few blocks 1946 session at Keeneland. Around V
g beneath each face: Thoroughbred ’ _ ,
1 L Geerge Reeerd; 15_Jesk south boasted a booming popula- r the sales ring are seated notables of
Swinebroad,saIes Welch, zreedter; tion of returning war veterans. r the horse world; Ellis made many '
°°°"°"°°'”’ l6‘ H°w°' (B" °l National acclaim was showered on   faces recognizable.
2. Freeman Keyes, Wells, breeder; , . ‘ . .
, Reverre Keen rermr |y_ Leslie Cembs ul UK s beloved W1ldcats. Bear The other paintings show horse .
l 3. Charles Asbury, spendrhrih Farm; Bryant created a football program scenes of Central Kentucky, repre-
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> H°d9°w°°d FY"'"’ l8‘_R"bY wh"' the likes of which UK had never senting thoroughbreds, standard-
1 4. Thomas Carr Pratt, trainer; 19. Gus _
  breeder; 5_ AI Owens, merreger er seen. Adolph Rupp and his Fabu- breds and saddlebreds. s
E Wollmom of Thoroughbred Club lous Five made a shambles of bas- The university has made no deci-
Wellman Stables; af America; . , I - · · · · · · f · _
Q 6- Gram Dorrund; 20. warren Wright kc tba l opposition ll`! the SEC, NIT sion as to the disposition o the paint
r y_ Jim clyburrr, jre Celumer perm; and NCAA. ings. But wherever they hang, they
  H ngunogrr or 21. A.B. ”t;u|| " The Golden Horseshoe paintings will bring a touch of nostalgia and
  °m wg °°°’ Crqrggxgiqjgj — with their vivid depiction of Blue Lexington lore to many Kentuckians.
1 22. c_w_ Demen; Grass equine scenes — have been Here is a look at how the paintings
. trainer. donated to the universitv b i Mrs. Eliz— came about and what the ¤ re resent.
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