On Kentucky Derby weekend, a look at Prairie Village’s pedigreed past

On of Lawrin's horseshoes is affixed to the photobox at the memorial.
One of Lawrin’s horseshoes is affixed to the photobox at the memorial.

Back in the 1930s, long before Corinth Square or Claridge Court were even a glimmer in anyone’s eye, the fields around Somerset Drive and Mission Road were part of successful clothier Herbert Woolf’s farmland. And among the activities carried out on that land was the training of race horses.

Today, a monument to two of that operation’s most storied steeds still stands in Prairie Village. Tucked in the Corinth Downs subdivision at 59 Le Mans Court lie the graves of Insco, a promising race horse who sired Lawrin, the only Kansas-bred horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby.

Here’s a look at the 1938 newsreel highlighting Lawrin’s win in the 64th running of the Kentucky Derby. (It was a big event – even Postmaster Farley was on hand!):

The monument to the horses features the graves of Insco and Lawrin as well as a photobox with shots of Lawrin’s Kentucky Derby glory: