Newly established Racing Hall of Fame to be established

Published 5:15 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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A new Hall of Fame for horse racing is coming to town. 

The first ceremony will be held at Leeds Center for the Arts in Winchester, Kentucky, on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. 

As submitted, the Hall of Fame’s goals include honoring living African Americans in the thoroughbred horse racing business, teaching youth the thoroughbred horse racing business, and making the Isaac Murphy homeplace in Clark County a Kentucky tourist attraction. 

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Isaac Murphy, an American Hall of Fame jockey who won three Kentucky Derby races and was the first jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame when it was created in 1955, was born into slavery in Clark County in 1861. 

This year’s honorees are Edward DeBartolo, Lester McKeever, Ted Bassett, Barry Gordy, Dick Broadbent, Fred Precious, Herb Luster, Ben Huffman, James Jackson, Larry Demeritte, George W. Jones, and Jim Cottrell. 

The President is Jennifer Mason, and the Vice President is Tumble Cool.

 Additional details will be released as the date becomes closer.