Preeminent wins the 1937 Phoenix Handicap, named for the old Phoenix Hotel in downtown Lexington. This was the Spring Meet of 1937. First run in 1831 at the old Kentucky Association track, the Phoenix is the country's oldest stakes race.
Preeminent wins the 1937 Phoenix Handicap, named for the old Phoenix Hotel in downtown Lexington. This was the Spring Meet of 1937. First run in 1831 at the old Kentucky Association track, the Phoenix is the country's oldest stakes race. Keeneland Library
Preeminent wins the 1937 Phoenix Handicap, named for the old Phoenix Hotel in downtown Lexington. This was the Spring Meet of 1937. First run in 1831 at the old Kentucky Association track, the Phoenix is the country's oldest stakes race. Keeneland Library

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