Sunday, May 02, 2004

Info about Nashville and Belle Meade Plantation
The March 2004 Sky magazine explores Nashville, site of the Special Libraries Association 2004 Annual Conference. About Belle Meade Plantation, location for the SLA News Division Awards Banquet, it says, "The ornate Victorian interiors at Belle Meade, once a renowned thoroughbred stud farm, are filled with memorabilia dedicated to its most famous resident, Iroquois, who in 1881 became the first American-bred horse ever to win England’s Epsom Derby. You can see paintings of the four-legged champ, his trophies and a macabre, though fascinating, Tiffany inkwell made of silver and his hooves. But that didn’t spell an end to Iroquois’ legacy. Among his descendants are some 52 Kentucky Derby winners, including Secretariat; and each May he is remembered when Nashville hosts the Iroquois Steeplechase."

--Jessica Baumgart


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