Col. Winn Enjoying Excellent Health: Eighty-Six-Year-Old Downs Head Will Be Witnessing His Seventy-Fourth Derby, Daily Racing Form, 1948-05-01


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Col Winn Enjoying Excellent Health HealthEightySix EightySix YearOld Downs Head Will Be Witnessing His SeventyFourth Derby DerbyCHURCHILL CHURCHILL DOWNS Louisville Ky April 30 Visitors who have been Kentucky Derby regulars many yqars have been very much pleased to find Mr Kentucky Derby as the famed Col Matt J Winn is called in fine health The milestones seem to have no more effect upon Colonel Winn than they have had on the popularity ol the Kentucky Derby and his thousands of friends especially the hundreds of news ¬ paper reporters who come each year to write about Americas turf classic and the man responsible for it are happy to find the 6yearold turf celebrity enjoying splendid health healthThis This will be the seventyfourth running of the Kentucky Derby Colonel Winn as a barefoot boy saw Aristides win the first one in n875 Little did he dream on that eventful day so long ago that the time was to come when he would develop the race which was a mile and a half grind at that time into Americans outstanding sports spectacle Climb From 2850 to 100000 100000From From the 2850 that Arisjides drew down for winning the inaugural Derby in 1875 the Kentucky Derby has become a race worth nearly 100000 to the winner winnerFor For many years the Derby purse vas a small one Even after Colonel Winn took charge the value to the winner did not begin to climb until the new Churchill Downs manager was able to put into opera ¬ tion the machinery which was to make the Blue Grass country famous for staging Americas greatest horse race as well a for breeding Americas greatest racers racersA A lover of thoroughbreds from childhood Colonel Winn wanted to see the state of Kentucky keep the pleasure of seeing her greatest racers perform before their home people and iruthe Kentucky Derby he has built a monument to himself that will live through the ages pulsing with the life of thoroughbred breeding and thoroughbred racing and lasting as long as the scenic hills of Kentucky as long as the strains of My Old Kentucky Home JOCKEY EDDIE ARCARO Has mount on favorite Citation in todays Derby a victory on whom would enable him to set a new record of four winners in the Downs classic

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