Kentucky Derby

Learn how Fred overcame PTSD to become a world-reknowned Bourbon author and Bourbon connoisseur.

Fred Minnick

Author, Journalist and Whiskey Blogger

Interviewed: 12-08-2017

In 2015, Patrick was chosen to lead the esteemed KY. Derby Museum, replacing Lynn Ashton who previously served 20 years in that role. Since taking the lead at the museum, Armstrong & his “KDM” staff have increased revenue by 22%, along with an annual attendance increase of over 12.6% in the 2016 fiscal year & 5.6% in the 2017 fiscal year.

Patrick Armstrong

President/CEO, Kentucky Derby Museum

Interviewed: 11-19-2017

For 20 years, Mike Berry has been at the helm of the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF), one of the nation’s largest and most notable civic celebrations.

Joey Wagner, Owner of the J Wagner Group, has been putting on some of the biggest events in the city of Louisville and the midwest region for the past 10 years. J. Wagner Group, a full-service event planning, marketing, and promotions firm, serves many well-known and high-end clients.

Joey Wagner

Owner & Event Planner, J Wagner Group & DerbyVIP.com

Interviewed: 12-04-2015

Michael Blowen’s fear of horses grew into a deep love for horses, and for saving their lives.

Michael Blowen

Founder and President, Old Friends Farm – A Thoroughbred Retirement Facility

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

Fun and the challenge of creating a sense of wonderment drive Louisville-native Wayne Hettinger to create memorable events on a grand scale.

Wayne Hettinger

Producer and Originator, Thunder Over Louisville

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

A native of Ireland, Dr. T. Pearse Lyons is driven by making a difference in the world, and has built his company, Alltech, based on doing the right thing.

Dr. T. Pearse Lyons (1944-2018)

President & Founder, ALLTECH, Inc. And 2010 Title Sponsor, FEI World Equestrian Games (held Lexington, KY.)

Interviewed: 06-11-2010

Pat Day is a legendary American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Pat Day

Retired Horse Racing Jockey (1976-2005) & 1992 Kentucky Derby Winner

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

PJ Cooksey believes you should find what you are passionate about in life and go and do it.

Patricia “PJ” Cooksey

Former Female Jockey & 1984 Kentucky Derby Contender

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

John Asher loves the sport of horse racing and is driven to make everything about Churchill Downs the best in the world.

John Asher (1955-2018)

former-Vice President of Racing Communications, Churchill Downs

Interviewed: 05-24-2007

Growing up in Kansas, Steve Sexton learned a lot about the importance of a strong work ethic and goal setting.

Steve Sexton (1959-2016)

Past President, Churchill Downs (2002-2009)

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

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