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John Henry comes home for retirement, 1985

Posted on August 26, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins gives John Henry a rub on the head after the famous Thoroughbred race horse arrived in Lexington Aug. 26, 1985 at Blue Grass Field, now called Blue Grass Airport. The two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year winner was coming home to Lexington for his retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park. John Henry, a 10-year old gelding at the time of his retirement, was  taken to the Horse Park where waiting there was a shiny, new stall made of oak and brass in a barn named aptly enough "The Hall of Champions." John Henry, the oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race - at age 9 - lived out his retirement for 22 years at the Horse Park. He was burried in front of the Hall of Champions at a spot in front of his paddock. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins gave John Henry a rub on the nose on Aug. 26, 1985, after the famous Thoroughbred arrived at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field, now called Blue Grass Airport. The two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year was coming home to Lexington for his retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park. John Henry, a 10-year-old gelding at the time of his retirement, was taken to the Horse Park, where waiting there was a shiny new stall made of oak and brass in a barn named “The Hall of Champions.” John Henry, the oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race — at age 9 — lived at the Horse Park for 22 years. He died in October 2007 and was buried near the Hall of Champions at a spot in front of his paddock. Read the story from our archives on when the legendary horse came home. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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