Author and lecturer, Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III, will greet visitors and sign copies of his book Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy at the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop in the Visitor Center on Thursday, April 30, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the book signing is free.
One of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky’s greatest sons, Isaac Burns Murphy was the leading jockey of the 19th Century. He still holds the record for a lifetime winning percentage in Thoroughbred racing: 628 wins out of 1,412 starts for 44%. Murphy’s career includes three Kentucky Derby wins, four American Derby wins and five Latonia Derby wins, and he was the first jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Murphy died of pneumonia in 1896 at the age of 36.
Murphy’s grave is located at the Kentucky Horse Park, available to visitors from all around the world. Learn more about this great American and Kentucky athlete on the park’s website here.
McDaniels is visiting Kentucky as part of the Keeneland Library Lecture Series. Learn more here.
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; Interstate 75, Exit 120
(859) 259-4234, (800) 678-8813 x4234, www.KyHorsePark.com/Shop