Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 28, 2010 – WinStar Farm LLC, who won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, will display their Derby trophy at Turfway Park from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fan Appreciation Day, Oct. 2.
Elliott Walden, vice president and racing manager of WinStar Farm, offered the trophy for display after hearing about the day planned by Turfway's horsemen and track management.
Said WinStar co-owner Bill Casner, "We at WinStar feel privileged to have won the Derby with a great horse like Super Saver, and we want to give racing fans in Northern Kentucky a chance to experience the feeling to stand next to the winner's trophy. Fans are the lifeblood of our industry."
"We are excited for our fans to see the iconic Derby trophy and very much appreciate WinStar's generosity in making the offer," said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. "Having the trophy here fits perfectly with our intention to thank our fans for their support and encourage our neighbors to learn about Kentucky's priceless racing heritage."
Fan Appreciation Day offers fans a chance to meet trainers and jockeys, sit in on simple handicapping lessons, see how racehorses are cared for, and handle equipment worn by horses and jockeys during races. Among prizes are trips to the track announcer's booth as he calls a race and visits to the backside to see how trainers prepare horses for the day’s races.
Additional prizes include wagers on the day’s races and a 42" plasma television.
Special guests include Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen and multimillionaire racehorse Brass Hat.
With an eye to family fun, activities include pony rides and a play area for children, a strolling barbershop quartet, and a dollar value menu.
The Fan Appreciation Day tent opens at 1:00 p.m. Admission, parking, and activities are free.
Located in the bluegrass of Versailles, Ky., WinStar Farm LLC is owned by Casner and Kenny Troutt. The farm today covers 1,400 acres, including 450 acres originally settled by a Virginia family in the 1700s. Super Saver, bred by WinStar, trained by Todd Pletcher, and ridden in the Derby by Calvin Borel, is the first Derby winner for WinStar Farm.