Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY (February 21, 2006)  Upon hearing the news of the death of Thoroughbred owner Sam Rubin, who passed away February 13, the thoughts of Kentucky Horse Park staff turned collectively and appreciatively to the man who had given so much to the park.

           “Sam Rubin helped put the Kentucky Horse Park on the national map when he donated John Henry to us,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the park.  “John Henry retired as the world’s richest, and undoubtedly one of the most respected, Thoroughbred racehorses in history.  Mr. Rubin’s generosity and his vote of confidence in our park were monumental in their effect.  By allowing us the privilege of the stewardship of John Henry, Mr. Rubin gave the Kentucky Horse Park and the nation a great gift.  We will always be grateful.”

          He continued, “Now, even in his passing, Mr. Rubin’s family has been very generous in requesting that memorial donations be made to the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.  We want to express our sincere sympathy and gratitude to his family.  We are all deeply touched that even in their grief, the Rubin family thought of the Kentucky Horse Park.”

          A bench and memorial plaque for Mr. Rubin will be installed at the Hall of Champions by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.  

         John Henry still resides at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he will celebrate his 31st birthday on March 9.  More than two decades after his retirement, John Henry continues to receive visitors, letters and gifts from adoring fans around the world.


          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.