Isaac Murphy

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Monday night’s Christmas tree lighting may have lit up Lexington’s Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, but the park itself remains under construction.

Josh James / WUKY

While celebrated jockey Isaac Murphy broke racing records, it took more than seven years for his Lexington memorial to get to the starting gate.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The sign standing at the corner of Third Street and Midland Avenue in Lexington reads “Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, coming Spring 2012.” But the lot remains empty.