From simple horse farm, to thoroughbred racing legend, to the inspiration behind a premium Kentucky Bourbon...the name Calumet Farm has long been synonymous with quality. The farm's history and legacy of champions is why Calumet Farm Kentucky Bourbon is truly
- A Winning Spirit -
William Monroe Wright, successful entrepreneur and owner of Calumet Baking Powder, established Calumet on a small Lexington Kentucky farm. He initially developed the farm to breed and race Standardbred horses. After Wright’s son Warren took over the farm in 1932 following William’s death, he began moving the business toward Thoroughbred racing.
Throughout the 1930's, the Wrights continued to advance the farm toward greatness. Hadagal became the Wrights first stakes winner – winning the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. In 1936, the Wrights purchased an interest in the stud career of English Derby winner Blenheim II and bought a yearling colt at the Saratoga sales who became five-time Leading Sire—Bull Lea.
The decade rounds the bend as the Wrights hire the famed horse trainer Ben A. Jones. Jones’ son Jimmy soon joined him and they trained Calumet Farm horses together for the next 20 years.
Whirlaway gives Calumet Farm its first Kentucky Derby victory and then cements the farm's status as a thoroughbred leader by winning the Triple Crown in 1941.
More wins in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes continue to raise Calumet Farm's stock in the racing world. In 1947, the farm becomes the first to exceed $1 million in purse earnings.
Citation wins the Triple Crown. Legendary jockey Eddie Arcaro would go on to describe Citation as the best horse he ever rode. In media polls at the end of the last century, Citation was ranked with the likes of Man O’War and Secretariat as one of the best racehorses of all time.
Calumet Farm continued much of its 1940's success into the 1950's, dominating the racing scene with horses like Twilight Tear, Armed, Coaltown and Citation. Throughout the 50's, Calumet Farm horses produced 3 Kentucky Derby winners and 2 Preakness Stakes winners.
Citation becomes the first thoroughbred to achieve millionaire status.
Tim Tam makes a run for the Triple Crown. Winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Throughout the 1960's progress at the farm slowed but success continued. Forward Pass made a run for the Triple Crown in 1968, winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Alydar, of Calumet, with Affirmed, provides racing with one of its greatest rivalries. This includes neck and neck finishes of every leg of the Triple Crown, a feat not repeated before nor since.
Oxbow beat out several favorites in the field to take a win at the Preakness Stakes. With this win, Oxbow joined storied group of eight Preakness Stakes winners campaigned by Calumet Farm.
1941-Whirlaway, 1944-Pensive, 1947-Faultess, 1948-Citation, 1956-Fabius, 1958-Tim Tam, 1968-Forward Pass and 2013-Oxbow
To view a more complete historical timeline,
head to the Calumet Farm website.