Major Carson Likely to Retire, Daily Racing Form, 1914-02-20


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MAJOR CARSON LIKELY TO RETIRE. Lexington. Ky., February 19. Slajor T. .7. Carson, who has just sold his Dixiana Stock Farm near this city, has not yet announced his future plans, but it is understood that he may return to Louisiana, his former home. Slajor Carson has been for- many years one of the most prominent citizens of this county and one of the best-known breeders of thoroughbred horses of the country. He gained his military title as a soldier in the famous cavalry of Gen. Forrest, of the Confederate army. After engageing in business in New Orleans at the close of the war, Slajor Carson came to Kentucky about twenty-five years ago and bought from Slaj. B. G. Thomas the famous Dixiana Stock Farm on the Russell Cave pike, near tills city, which was thou perhaps the most notable thoroughbred breeding establishment in Kentucky, being the home of Ilimyar, Slannie Gray. etc.. and the birthplace of Domino, Herzog, Ban Fox, Hitllght and other great horses of that period. Having purchased from Maj. Thomas a number of Ids broodmares, Slajor Carson established at the head of his stud the stallion Ben Strome, and for many years the products of this stud were remarkably successful on the turf, the sensational Highball being one of them. Several years ago Slajor Carson traded to J. B. Haggiu, whose great Elmendorf estate adjoined Dixiana. the latter place for the farm which has just been sold, and which had a much larger acreage. Ben Strome died a few years ago and as Slajor Carson did not consider it advisable In the present condition of racing to buy another expensive stallion he has been gradually withdrawing from the breeding business, and may now with the sale of hi3 farm retire altogether.

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