St. Charles Hosts Kentucky Derby Day: A Celebration of Greyhound

St. Charles Hosts Kentucky Derby Day: A Celebration of Greyhound

On Saturday, May 6, the St. Charles History Museum will be hosting Kentucky Derby Day, an event series highlighting the city’s own connection to horse racing and celebrating the national legacy of the Kentucky Derby. Activities will be held at the Museum at 215 E. Main St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beginning at 11 a.m., local resident Vanessa Bell-LaSota will lead a presentation titled, “Greyhound: Mr. Baker and His Horse,” shining additional light on St. Charles’ proud and award-winning connection to horseracing history: Greyhound. The star of Mr. (Colonel) Baker’s Hotel Baker Stables, Greyhound set an astonishing 25 world records and helped to ignite the Harness Racing industry in Europe.

Afternoon events will also include kid-friendly, Kentucky Derby-inspired activities such as Make Your Own Race Horse or Derby Hat. There will also be staff visits from  Friends of Great Trotter Greyhound and  The Galloping Out Thoroughbred Rescue Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and retraining of off-the-track thoroughbreds.

The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited; RSVP is required.

For more information and to register, please visit the museum’s website at

SOURCE: St. Charles History Museum news release

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