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Never Say DieA Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry$
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James C. Nicholson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141671

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141671.001.0001

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An Unlikely Horseman

An Unlikely Horseman

(p.87) 6 An Unlikely Horseman
Never Say Die

James C. Nicholson

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Six tells the story of John A. Bell III, on whose farm Never Say Die was born and raised. Bell was born into a wealthy Pittsburgh family. His grandfather worked his way from humble beginnings in the Gilded Age to become a leading figure in Pittsburgh financial and political circles before scandal brought about the collapse of his banking and mining empire. Bell III took an unorthodox path to Lexington, Kentucky, where he would develop a respected Thoroughbred business, but his decision to administer a dose of bourbon whiskey to the newborn colt that would later be named Never Say Die had lasting ramifications for the Thoroughbred industry.

Keywords:   The Gilded Age, Pittsburgh, Never Say Die, Banking, Mining, John A. Bell III

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