Kentucky Horse Park
MEDIA ALERT: Memorial Service for Thoroughbred Racehorse and Sire, Invisible Ink

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 13, 2011  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209, Cindy.Rullman@ky.gov  


WHO:  John and Elizabeth Fort of Peachtree Racing Stables, Inc. and the Kentucky Horse Park

 

WHAT:  Memorial service for Kentucky Derby contender and stallion Invisible Ink

 

WHEN:  Friday, September 16, 2011, at 11am

 

WHERE:  Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions

 

WHY:  Invisible Ink was not the type of horse who would normally be buried at the Hall of Champions alongside some of the greatest of the racing industry’s stars.  However, the Kentucky Horse Park agreed with his owners, John and Elizabeth Fort, that Invisible Ink earned a place there, to stand as a permanent reminder that the heart of a champion beats in every horse, regardless of breed, discipline, or success on the racetrack or in the show ring.  All a horse needs is someone to believe in him. 

Beautifully bred Invisible Ink (Thunder Gulch-Conquistress, by Conquistador Cielo) stole the hearts of many who don’t normally follow Thoroughbred racing by winning a much-publicized battle against a life-threatening illness as a 2-year-old, thanks to the valiant efforts of his owners and a team of people who wouldn’t give up on him.  He went on to earn the respect of the Thoroughbred industry when he came back from that illness to place second in the Kentucky Derby (G1).  His career earnings were $465,088.

While John Fort admits that Invisible Ink may not have been an outstanding racehorse, he “has been a very special horse to us and to literally thousands of other people across the nation. I know because I have received their e-mails and phone calls. You're lucky in this business to come across a horse like Invisible Ink."  Even Paul Harvey told Invisible Ink’s story on is radio broadcast.

Invisible Ink died in Pennsylvania on July 7.  He will be buried at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions this week and remembered in a public memorial service.  

Read more about Invisible Ink’s story in a beautiful tribute by Steve Haskin: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2011/07/07/the-loss-of-a-thoroughbred.aspx

 

HOW:  Media availability with John and Elizabeth Fort and John Nicholson. Members of the media should park in the main parking lot at the Visitor Center.  Golf cart shuttles will be available from there to the Hall of Champions beginning at 10:30am.  The public is invited to attend.