Historic Marker to be placed at Churchill Downs

Louisville, KY (April 20, 2009): Derby fans may notice a new sign on their trek into the track this year. On Tuesday, April 21st at 10:30 a.m. an historic marker will be unveiled along Central Avenue (towards Gate 1 and the Kentucky Derby Museum) to commemorate the oldest continuously held sporting event in America.

Researched by volunteers and sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum, the sign was submitted to the Kentucky Historical Society for approval. The bronze marker notes the home of the first Kentucky Derby, details Aristides as the first horse to win the race and names the founder of the Kentucky Derby: Col. Meriwhether Lewis Clark, Jr.

On the reverse panel, the marker names credits J. Baldez as the designer of the Twin Spires in 1895. Other significant dates in history like the first radio broadcast in 1925 and first television broadcast in 1949 are also noted on the panel.

Guests will be on hand to commemorate this special event.