robert a. alexander
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What is termed "organized" breeding, which was to evolve into the "Standard" and eventually the breed of today, the Standardbred, originated at Woodburn Farm, Spring Station, Kentucky. It was the first establishment devoted to systematic, thoroughly planned and carefully conducted racehorse production, both Standardbred and Thoroughbred, in America. Robert A. Alexander, born in 1819, became the owner of Woodburn after his father's death and made it the foremost stock farm in America. He died in 1867.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals