Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY (March 1, 2006)  One of racing’s most respected Thoroughbreds, John Henry enjoys a good party as much as the next horse, but he’s also like the rest of us who grow increasingly reluctant to focus too much attention on our exact age the older we get.  After the big party the Kentucky Horse Park threw for him last year to celebrate his 30th, John Henry has insisted on a quieter, more intimate affair for his birthday this year. 

          The public is invited, at his request, to a small, relaxed, afternoon soiree in honor of John Henry’s 31st Birthday on March 9 at 1pm in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Although there won’t be much pomp and circumstance, birthday cake and coffee will be served, after which John Henry will take a power nap.

          According to The Blood-Horse magazine’s Thoroughbred Champions: Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century, the two greatest living Thoroughbred racehorses are John Henry and Cigar, both of whom reside at the Kentucky Horse Park.

           John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park noted, “While we celebrate and appreciate that we have been given another year with John Henry, we mourn the death of his owner, Sam Rubin, who recently passed away.  John Henry has been one of the greatest gifts ever given to the Kentucky Horse Park, and we count our blessings that he is still with us to enjoy another birthday.” 

           “If there is one thing I could ask of the public again this year on John’s birthday,” concluded Nicholson, “it would be to support Thoroughbred rescue organizations, such as the Secretariat Center here at the Kentucky Horse Park, in honor of John Henry.  Very few Thoroughbreds are as fortunate as John has been, so if we can take this opportunity to do something to help a few at-risk Thoroughbreds, I think that will be a very appropriate, fitting tribute to this champion.”     

          For more information on John Henry’s 31st  Birthday party, contact the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-233-4303.

          Editor’s Note: A recent photo of John Henry is available for use in your publication by emailing
          Park Hours and Rates: November 1-March 14 the Kentucky Horse Park is open 9am until 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12.  From March 15-October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission then is $15 for adults, $8 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.


          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted nearly 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2005.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.