History of the Kentucky Derby

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Grab your Derby hat and join us in the Winner's Circle as we present "The History of the Kentucky Derby" on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM.

The first Derby was run in 1875 and the race, held every year on the 1st Saturday in May, is America's longest-running continually held sporting event.

Nationally recognized authority on thoroughbred racing and Smithsonian consultant Professor Jim Claypool will provide a unique look into the origins and development of the "fastest two minutes in sports."

Professor Claypool will share personal recollections of jockeys, trainers, and owners and will offer attendees a chance to view memorabilia collected during his 40-year passion for the Derby.

We encourage all attendees to wear their favorite Derby hat -- the bigger the better.

Snacks and mint julep mocktails will be served.

Professor Claypool is a Professor Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University. He has served as host for TV programs for KET and other area stations and has made frequent appearances on local, state, regional, and national TV and radio in a variety of capacities. He has authored or co-authored numerous books related to Kentucky and Kentucky history and is a national consultant on thoroughbred racing for the Educational Division of the Smithsonian. His work in progress, For the Love of the Game, is the autobiography of jockey Steve Cauthen. Professor Claypool and his wife live in Paris Hills, Kentucky.

This event is free and open to the public.




Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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