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T H E S TAT E J O U R N A L ■ F R A N K F O R T, K E N T U C K Y ■ A P R I L 2 5 , 2 012 ■ P AG E A7 DERBY | Local band Stirfry Musette will play aboard Derby Train CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 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 the riders.” 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 High Street. “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 a.m. Returning from last year STATE JOURNAL/HILLY SCHIFFER Official poster 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 noon. 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 Day. In addition, they will be serving burgoo. Across the street in the parking lot of First Christian Church will be pony rides sponsored by Joe Graviss’ McDonald’s. 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. art said. 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 ed. 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 Come Meet Master Distiller Chris Morris Woodford Reserve Bottle Signing & Free Tasting Thursday, April 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. AUDIT | Investigation began in January CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 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- CMYK 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 Louisville. He has denied any wrongdoing in his handling of state funds. THE OFFICIAL BOURBON OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY Have Chris personally sign your bottle for the perfect Father’s Day Gift! SAVE 5% On All Woodford Reserve Products During The Tasting! 227-4001 West Side: Century Plaza CMYK

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