|Name:||Thomas Clay McDowell|
|Birth Day:||March 9, 1866|
|Death Date:||Feb 9, 1935 (age 68)|
Famed Thoroughbred racehorse owner, breeder, and trainer best known for his colt Alan-a-Dale, which won the 1902 Kentucky Derby. He was the great-grandson of famed American politician Henry Clay.
As per our current Database, Thomas Clay McDowell died on Feb 9, 1935 (age 68).
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He worked as a Thoroughbred trainer in Kentucky in the early 1900's.
Born at Ashland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, Thomas was the fourth of the seven children of Anne Clay (1837–1917) and her husband, Major Henry Clay McDowell (1832–1899). His mother was the daughter of Henry Clay, Jr.. In 1883 she and her husband purchased the 325-acre (1.32 km) estate from other Clay descendants. Henry Clay McDowell bred Standardbred horses for harness racing, and Thomas became interested in the breeding and training of racehorses.
In 1888 Thomas McDowell married Mary Mann Goodloe (1866–1953), with whom he had two children: Ann Clay McDowell (b. 1891) and son, William Cassius Goodloe McDowell (1895-1974).
In 1925 Thomas McDowell acquired Buck Pond Farm in Versailles, Kentucky from the estate of Louis Marshall. McDowell introduced Thoroughbred horses to Buck Pond and operated it until his death in 1935. Joseph K. Nelson, a wealthy Chicago businessman and native of Woodford County, Kentucky, purchased the farm from McDowell's heirs in 1936.
Currently, Thomas Clay McDowell is 156 years, 8 months and 20 days old. Thomas Clay McDowell will celebrate 157th birthday on a Thursday 9th of March 2023.
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