Monument to Lawrin, only Kansas-bred Kentucky Derby winner, still stands in Prairie Village

Woolford Farms, where Lawrin was bred and trained, was eventually sold to J.C. Nichols and the land was converted into the Corinth Downs subdivision. A marker for Lawrin stands just off Mission Road today, above. Photo credit Kyle Palmer.

The annual spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby returns to Churchill Downs on Saturday, with people across the country (including locally at Tavern In the Village in the Prairie Village Shops) celebrating the Run for the Roses with impeccable style — and often a not insignificant amount of bourbon.

And while it’s no longer apparent to anyone passing through modern day northeast Johnson County, Prairie Village was once the site of one of the top horse training operations in the U.S.