Interview with Robert N. Clay, September 3, 2008

Project: Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this second interview, Clay describes building Three Chimneys Farm from its initial 100 acres to roughly 2,000 acres owned or leased by the farm in 2008. He describes working with farm manager Dan Rosenberg to develop the farm and establish the stallion division beginning with Chief's Crown and Slew o' Gold. He explains the acquisition of Seattle Slew and its impact on the success of the farm. Other high profile stallions discussed include Smarty Jones and Big Brown. Clay reflects on the challenges the farm has faced from 1980 to the present and the core values that guide the business. He also discusses his leadership activities within the industry, including the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Clay discusses the challenges facing the industry in 2008 and reflects on the issues raised by the death of Eight Belles.

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2008oh236_hik095

Interviewee Name

Robert N. Clay

Interviewer Name

Kim Lady Smith

Interview Date

2008-09-03

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Clay, Robert N. Interview by Kim Lady Smith. 03 Sep. 2008. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Clay, R.N. (2008, September 03). Interview by K. L. Smith. Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Clay, Robert N., interview by Kim Lady Smith. September 03, 2008, Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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