During the 20th century, only five horses were given the honor of being buried intact in Claiborne Farm's famous horse cemetery. For all the other equine funerals conducted at Claiborne (which included many of the greats in Thoroughbred racing and breeding), the time-honored custom of burying only the head, heart, hooves, and (in the case of stallions) genitals was followed due to the need to conserve the available space. Who were the five horses who were buried in their entirety at Claiborne?
4/15/2022 08:06:24 pm
I know Swale and Secretariart were burried whole from going on farm tours there, and seeing the stallion cemetary. The next three are pure guesses:
4/22/2022 06:49:58 pm
The five horses honored by intact burials in Claiborne's main horse cemetery are Nasrullah, Princequillo, Round Table, Secretariat, and Swale; the last-named was the only one who did not stand as a stallion at Claiborne but received honors as the farm's first homebred Kentucky Derby winner. One mare has also been buried intact at Claiborne; she was Gallant Fox's dam Marguerite, who was buried in the cemetery at Claiborne's Marchmont division. While not owned by Claiborne, she was bred by Claiborne and was boarded there throughout her producing career.
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