No, there aren’t any wide open pastures here anymore. And the last of the horses stopped grazing long ago. But evidence of our rural past — and a timely bit of Kentucky Derby history — can be found at the back of a quiet cul-de-sac in the gated community just north of the Corinth Library.
Lawrin, the winner of the 1938 Kentucky Derby, and the only Kansas-bred horse ever to win the race, is buried next to his father Inisco in a neatly maintained island at 59 Le Mans Court in Prairie Village. The horses’ graves lie behind a wrought iron fence and underneath a sign reading “Woolford Farms,” a relic of the operation where famed horse trainer Ben Jones readied Lawrin for his shot at glory:
Woolford Farms, owned by Kansas City clothier Herbert Woolf, was sold in 1955, four years after Prairie Village became a city.
A Google map with the location of the grave can be found here. (But, for the record, it’s probably not a good idea to head up there with a shaker full of mint juleps on Saturday. It is a gated community, after all).
Here’s footage of Lawrin make his winning run at the 64th Kentucky Derby: