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Remembering John Asher: Iconic Kentucky figure, friend

John Asher

At Derby time, John Asher’s smile shone as brightly as the sun on our Old Kentucky Home. As spokesman for Churchill Downs, Asher was an amazing ambassador for horse racing and Kentucky. And John was my very good friend.

John unexpectedly passed away last year, and Derby 145 won’t be the same. Louisville and Leitchfield, John’s hometown, named roads for him and Churchill will pay tribute on Derby Day.

You can, too, by giving to the Asher Scholarship at Western Kentucky University. And when a band plays our state song, look above and visualize John smiling down on us all.

Chad Carlton

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