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Kentucky Derby Day: Celebration of Greyhound

  • St. Charles History Museum 215 East Main Street St. Charles, IL, 60174 United States (map)

Off to the Races....

Join us for Kentucky Derby Day which will be a fun filled afternoon of celebrating local legend Greyhound and the Kentucky Derby. To kick things off come and enjoy a presentation by Vanessa Bell-LaSota Greyhound: Mr. Baker and His Horse at 11am and will be $5 for Members and $10 Non Members , space is limited and RSVP is required. 

Greyhound: Mr. Baker and His Horse
St Charles we are home to a legend that once lived among us! He was the star of Mr. (Colonel) Baker’s Hotel Baker Stables, the great grey gelding Greyhound! The “Grey Ghost”. Throughout his career, Greyhound set an astonishing 25 world records, sent a spark that ignited the Harness Racing industry in Europe and gave millions of fans reason to smile during the trying years of the Great Depression and World War II. Come enjoy the untold story- the tale of a deep, life-changing friendship between the man we all know as our town benefactor, a retiring farmer, the world-famous beneficiary of the John –Bet-a Million-Gates fortune.... and his horse.

Presented by local resident, Vanessa Bell-LaSota Author of an upcoming book, Greyhound! Mr Baker and His Horse.

Can't make it for the presentation? Then join us for the rest of the afternoon for kid friendly Kentucky Derby inspired activities like: make our own race horse or derby hat and there will also be a visit from The Galloping Out Thoroughbred Rescue Fund which is a group dedicated to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and retraining of off-the-track thoroughbreds

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