Friday, May 2, 2014

Lawrin

Lawrin the only Kansas bred thoroughbred to win the Kentucky Derby-1938

As a lad I lived in Prairie Village, Kansas a suburb of Kansas City.  At that time PV was  doing the slow roll from farmland to suburbs.  The streets in KC and its neighbors are numbered 1 Street, 1 Street terrace, 2nd street.... to 1,000,000 now.  At the time there were farms at 90th while the world ended at 100 street.  I lived at 70th terrace.

The summer drill at my home was dinner was at 6, do not be late.  That was my sole responsibility as a kid.  Go away, come back by 6, don't be hanging around here.  My buddies and I rode our bikes everywhere, especially to the community pool which was on 77th street, across the park from Dr. Phil McGraw's high school (he wasn't always a Texan), he lived in PV too.

Long gone by then, but spoken about by local old timers was the Woolford horse farm, home to Lawrin, the only Kansas bred Kentucky Derby winner (1938) ridden by Eddie Acaro in his first Derby win.



His stables may be long gone, but Lawrin and his sire Insco were buried on the farm.  Their gravesite is now located in a suburban cul-de sac, near 82nd street,  a few blocks from our old stomping grounds.

I love Derby Day

Toad

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! I live in the neighborhood near Lawrin and his sire's shrine. I spent an enjoyable morning with the kids finding (its not easy to find) and visiting Lawrin. My neighbor built the stand and structures at the grave. It's hard to believe the area was a working farm not so long ago. Cheers, Blevin.

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