|Industry||Thoroughbred Horse racing|
|Headquarters||Paris, Kentucky, United States|
|Founders: Ezekiel F. Clay & Catesby Woodford
Catesby Woodford Clay
Runnymede Farm is an American horse breeding farm located outside Paris, Kentucky on U.S. Route 27, the Paris-Cynthiana Road. It is said to be the longest continuously running Thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky, 365-acre (1.48 km2) established in 1867 by American Civil War Colonels Ezekiel Field Clay and Catesby Woodford.
Colonel Ezekiel Clay (1840–1920), whose father, Brutus J. Clay, was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives and a breeder of Thoroughbreds and champion cattle. He was a nephew of abolitionist Cassius Clay and a cousin to Henry Clay.
Catesby Woodford (d. age 74 in 1923) was a wealthy Paris, Kentucky distiller who became President of the Race Horse Owners' and Trainers' Association and whose New York Times obituary said "was regarded as the dean of Kentucky sportsmen."
- Agile (b. 1902) - won 1905 Kentucky Derby
- Count Turf (b. 1948) - won 1951 Kentucky Derby
- Angle Light (b. 1970) - won the 1973 Wood Memorial Stakes, defeating Secretariat
- Tejano Run (b. 1992) - wins include the Breeders' Futurity Stakes Maker's Mark Mile Stakes and Widener Handicap
- Palace Episode (b. 2002) - won Racing Post Trophy
- Awesome Gem (b. 2003) - won San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes
- Divine Park (b. 2004) - wins include the Withers Stakes and Metropolitan Handicap
- Lady Eli (b. 2012) - wins include the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes
Runnymede Farm is owned by Catesby Woodford Clay, a grandson of founder, Ezekiel Clay.
- Tom Eblen (December 2, 2016), "Go behind the gates of Kentucky's oldest horse farm as it turns 150", Lexington Herald-Leader
- "Lady Eli is First BC Starter for New Owners". bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- Further reading
- Duke, Jacqueline, ed. (2004). Women of the Year: Ten Fillies Who Achieved Horse Racing's Highest Honor. Lexington, Kentucky: Eclipse Press.
- Patton, Janet (June 23, 2012). "Small farms like Runnymede are essential to the equine industry". Lexington Herald-Leader. Lexington, Kentucky: The McClatchy Company.