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DERBY | Local band Stirfry Musette will play aboard Derby Train
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a fun time for all,” Skinner said. “Those interested
should contact Stuart as soon
as possible to reserve a bike.
He plans to continue to look
for bikes to accommodate all
And if it is royalty you are
interested in, Miss P’s Kids is
sponsoring a Little Mr. and
Miss Derby contest. For information, call 502-226-4946
or stop by 324 W. Main St.
monwealth Credit Union on
“The train is being provided by CSX and underwritten
by private donations,” Stewart said. “In addition, each
person who travels on the
train pays a fee.”
The train will arrive in
Frankfort on Thursday before the Derby, and the cars
will be transformed into accommodations for the riders. It will depart Frankfort
at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
Local band Stirfry Musette
– a gypsy jazz band of violin,
accordion, guitar, mandolin,
percussion and kazoo – is one
of the official Derby Train
bands, and they’ll entertain
passengers on their way to
the tracks. Stirfry is made up
of Frankfort residents Joanna Hay, Jeff Ellis, Ben Grifﬁth
and Bill May.
Prior to the governor’s departure, the RJ Corman Derby Train is scheduled to go
through Frankfort at 9:20
from last year
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The Jim Beam Stage in
front of the Old Capitol will
feature three bands from 10
a.m. until 1 p.m.
On stage will be Sacre Bleu
at 10 a.m.; The Downtown
County Band at approximately 11 a.m.; and Jeri Katherine Howell along with the
Metafours begins at around
The Capital City Museum
will have legendary thoroughbred Patton, owned by
former Gov. Brereton Jones,
for those who are looking
for an actual horse on Derby
In addition, they will be
Across the street in the
parking lot of First Christian
Church will be pony rides
sponsored by Joe Graviss’
The beef and pork producers will also return and be located on Broadway near the
John Watts Federal building.
Watch The State Journal in
the coming week for more activities in Downtown Frankfort on Derby morning and a
list of street closings.
Other information is also available at www.downtownfrankfort.com.
Jake Dicken, 4, a student at Capital Day School, races his homemade horse in his homemade silk against his classmates on the playAlso coming from the Governor’s Ofﬁce is the ofﬁcial ground in 2010. The students were cheered on by older students and were awarded roses at the finish line. Frankfort has several
Derby poster, an artistically events planned leading up to and on Derby Day.
enhanced photograph from
lins, 15-18 inch kids’ dirt
John Stephen Hockensmith “He received thousands of fare Alliance Inc. directly ward the Old Capitol.
But for ages 9-12, it will be bikes.
of Georgetown celebrating get well letters and cards support efforts addressing
equine health and safety in a true Run for the Roses as
from school children.”
Folkbike ReCyclery will
the 2006 run of Barbaro.
they go the one and a quar- provide the bikes, but riders
“Barbaro is one of the Kentucky.
“It’s Barbaro in the first
The 2012 poster is $15 and ter mile – the actual distance must have a sponsor who will
turn of the race and shows most beloved thoroughbreds in racing history – not will be available for purchase of the Derby race. The longer be required to decorate the
his magniﬁcent heart,” Stewjust for his victories, but for Derby morning at the Gov- race course will be a route bike and outﬁt the rider.
According to Downtown
Barbaro’s 2006 Derby vic- his heroic struggles after his ernor’s Derby Celebration throughout the downtown
Frankfort Executive Director
tory margin was the biggest Preakness injury,” Jane Bes- in downtown Frankfort. The area.
poster is also available for
Each participant will re- Brittain Skinner, there is no
since Triple Crown winner hear said.
“John Stephen Hocken- purchase online at Historic ceive a special “Governor’s registration fee, but available
Assault in 1946. Following
Derby Celebration” racing bikes are limited and sponhis impressive victory, Bar- smith’s photograph truly Properties Online Store.
bib and signature Derby sors must call Harrod (502baro was the strong favorite highlights the Derby chammedal.
682-5246) or stop by Folkbike
going into the Preakness. But pion at the top his game, and New events
Each child must pre-reg- ReCyclery.
Several new events have
after breaking prematurely this year’s poster is a beau“This event should be
from the starting gate, Bar- tiful keepsake for Barbaro been added to the May 5 cel- ister to participate in the
baro suffered catastrophic fans and all racing enthusi- ebration. The first annual races. There is no cost to
“Derby Dash” races for chil- register or participate in the
injuries in his right hind leg, asts.”
A portion of the proceeds dren will be conducted by event.
causing him to pull up quickParticipants can register
ly when the race was restart- from poster sales will ben- the Y.
efit the first lady’s Horses
According to Stewart, the online or sign up in person
The following day, Bar- and Hope program and the governor and ﬁrst lady hope at any Frankfort Y location.
Whitaker Bank and Good
baro underwent surgery and Equine Health and Welfare to be on hand for the ﬁrst
battled to overcome ensuing Alliance Inc.
race, a quarter mile for 2- to Shepherd School are underwriters for this event.
Horses and Hope pro- 3-year-olds at 9 a.m.
complications after the opOne of the most fun new
eration. The public followed vides breast cancer educaAges 4 to 6 will run a third
Barbaro’s eight-month battle tion, awareness, screening of a mile beginning at 9:15 events is the brainchild of
until his team of veterinar- and treatment referral to un- a.m.; ages 7 to 8 will run Stuart Harrod, owner of
ians and owners concluded insured and underinsured three quarters of a mile be- Folkbike ReCyclery – the
that he could not be saved.
Pedal for the Posies.
employees of Kentucky’s ginning at 9:30 a.m.
“Barbaro became a na- thoroughbred industry. The
This event is open to
The shorter races begin at
tional hero,” Stewart said. Equine Health and Wel- the Y on Broadway and go to- adults who will ride Gremth
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Thursday, April 26 from 6-7:30 p.m.
AUDIT | Investigation began in January
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when it will release its ﬁndings of the audit, which began in mid-January.
Newly elected Agriculture
Commissioner James Comer
called for a wide-ranging au-
dit days after he took ofﬁce.
Concerns over state credit
cards, travel vouchers, time
sheets and employee morale
prompted the request.
Farmer, who served eight
years as commissioner, has
come under fire in recent
years over his use of state
funds, including a $10,000
trip to a Caribbean convention, personal use of state vehicles, buying two big-screen
TVs and refrigerators, hiring
his girlfriend and her friend
at the department, and hotel
stays during the Boys Sweet
Sixteen tournament in Lexington and the state fair in
He has denied any wrongdoing in his handling of state
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