Hal Price Headley

Hal Price Headley (December 19, 1888 – March 22, 1962) was an American owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses and a founder of Keeneland who served as the race track's president from 1935 to 1951. He owned the 4,000 acre Beaumont Farm on Harrodsburg Road at the western edge of Lexington, Kentucky as well as the 15,000-acre Pinebloom Plantation in Baker County, Georgia.[3]

Hal Price Headley
BornDecember 19, 1888
Lexington, Kentucky,
United States
DiedMarch 22, 1962
Lexington, Kentucky,
United States
Resting placeLexington Cemetery[1]
EducationPrinceton University
OccupationFarmer, racehorse owner/breeder, racetrack owner/executive, philanthropist [2]
Known forBeaumont Farm, Keeneland
Board member ofKeeneland
  • Martha Sharkey Withers
  • Genevieve Morgan Molloy
HonorsKeeneland Mark of Distinction (1968)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame
- Pillars of the Turf

Hal Price Headley was one of those profiled by racing historian Edward L. Bowen in his 2003 book Legacies of the Turf : A Century of Great Thoroughbred Breeders.

In 2018, Hal Price Headley was posthumously inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame as one of the "Pillars of the Turf".[4] The honor is for those "who have made extraordinary contributions to Thoroughbred racing in a leadership or pioneering capacity at the highest national level."[5]


  1. ^ Lexington Cemetery
  2. ^ Annals of Surgery, gift by Hal Price Headley
  3. ^ New York Times - March 22, 1962 obituary
  4. ^ "Hal Price Headley". Racingmuseum.org. 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  5. ^ "August Belmont Jr. and Paul Mellon Selected" (Press release). Saratoga Springs, NY: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2014-03-18.

External linksEdit

  • Hal Price Headley 1888-1962 - Thoroughbred Park - Kentucky Historical Markers [1]