A derby weekend shout out to Lawrin, the equine pride of Prairie Village

Kentucky Derby winner Lawrin in 1938.
If it’s the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, you’d better believe its time for our annual trip in the wayback machine to honor the pride of Prairie Village.

In the olden timey days, back before Prairie Village was even Prairie Village, the land that today houses the Corinth shops and the Corinth Downs sub-division was a wide-open field where Kansas City clothier Herbert Woolf had a horse farm. Woolford Farms’ most notable achievement was the rearing of Larwin, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1938. Look! Here’s proof!:

And you — yes, you! — can see Lawrin’s grave if you’re willing to take a li’l detour. A monument to Woolford Farms with the graves of Lawrin and his father Inisco is in a lovely island at 59 Le Mans Court.

(And if you’re looking for a festive local spot to watch the festivities tomorrow, Tavern in the Village is hosting its third annual Derby Day party — outlandish attire encouraged).