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Memorial service set for John Henry

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Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry celebrated his 32nd birthday in March. 2007 file photo by Joseph Rey Au
Joseph Rey Au
Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry celebrated his 32nd birthday in March. 2007 file photo by Joseph Rey Au
John Henry
Bay gelding born March 9, 1975
Sire: Ole Bob Bowers
Dam: Once Double, by Double Jay
Owners: Sam and Dorothy Rubin's Dotsam Stable
Primary trainer: Ron McAnally
Career record
Year Age Starts Wins Earnings
1977 2 11 3 $49,380
1978 3 19 6 $120,319
1979 4 11 4 $129,864
1980 5 12 8 $925,217
1981 6 10 8 $1,798,030
1982 7 6 2 $580,300
1983 8 5 2 $652,100
1984 9 9 6 $2,336,650
Totals: 83 starts, 39 firsts, 15 seconds, 9 thirds for $6,591,860
Major wins: Oak Tree Invitational, Santa Anita Handicap, San Luis Obispo Handicap, San Luis Rey Handicap, Hollywood Invitational, Arlington Million, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Hollywood Turf Cup, Turf Classic.

A memorial service for famed race horse John Henry will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Details such as the exact location of the service and who will participate have not been worked out, said Cindy Rullman, park spokeswoman.

In setting a time for the memorial, Rullman said the park wanted to give John Henry fans across the country time to book flights. �And we didn�t want to have it when a lot of other things were going on that would take away from his burial,� Rullman said.

The aged gelding had been in declining health for several weeks. He was euthanized about 7:05 p.m. Monday.

He was buried Monday night beside the Hall of Champions, in a spot in front of his paddock.

Saddened fans of the horse began leaving flowers on his grave Monday night, Rullman said.

John Henry, who won $6.6 million racing, retired to the horse park in the mid 1980s, where he was visited by throngs of admirers every year.